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The Anatomical Nature of Dental Paresthesia: A Quick Review

Maha Ahmad*
Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences, School of Dentistry, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI 48208, USA


Dental paresthesia is loss of sensation caused by maxillary or mandibular anesthetic administration before dental treatment. This review examines inferior alveolar block paresthesia symptoms, side effect and complications. Understanding the anatomy of the pterygomandibular fossa will help in understanding the nature and causes of the dental paresthesia. In this review, we review the anatomy of the region surrounding inferior alveolar injections, anesthetic agents and also will look also into the histology and injury process of the inferior alveolar nerve.

Keywords: Dental paresthesia, Inferior alveolar injections, Anatomy, Pterygomandibular fossa, Anesthetic agents, Dysesthesia.

Article Information

Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2018
Volume: 12
First Page: 155
Last Page: 159
Publisher Id: TODENTJ-12-155
DOI: 10.2174/1874210601812010155

Article History:

Received Date: 15/11/2017
Revision Received Date: 21/01/2018
Acceptance Date: 07/02/2018
Electronic publication date: 22/02/2018
Collection year: 2018

© 2018 Maha Ahmad.

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