Patient stories – audio recordings

In this interview, the patient reports how dental implant treatment caused bilateral chin lip (inferior alveolar) nerve injury causing her significant social and functional disability. She had no warnings regarding nerve injury. Sadly she had been advised to have implant treatment for joint pain; which is not generaly advisable. She has constant numbness and pain from her mouth since the injury occured over 2 years prior to this interview.


This is an audio recording of a patient who experienced lingual (tongue) nerve injury during wisdom tooth removal. As a direct result, he experiences constant repeated shooting pains in his tongue and this showed no sign of abating at the date of the interview.

This patient sustained a permanent nerve injury to her right lip arising from wisdom tooth surgery. She has constant nerve pain stopping her from sleeping, eating and drinking properly.


This patient had bilateral tongue nerve injury that was well managed by her dentists and she reported a good consent process prior to the procedure. However only one half of her tongue has recovered and she still had permanent numbness on the other side of her tongue at the time of the interview.

This young lady sustained left tongue nerve injury during wisdom tooth nerve surgery. She has sustained a permanent nerve injury affecting her speech severely and other aspects of her life. She has lost her job as a result and is significantly compromised by her injury.