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Dr. Raparthy Bhuvana chandra,Dr. Kathiravan Selvarasu,Dr. Vivek D Menon,Dr. Murugesan K,Dr Soorumsetty Ruthvik


paresthesia, steroids, inflammation, wisdom tooth removal


Introduction : Lingual nerve paresthesia or anaesthesia subsequent to wisdom tooth removal affects a minor number of patients sometimes producing permanent damage. Dexamethasone has an anti-inflammatory action against neuroinflammation.

Materials and Methods : In the present study, 12 patients with lingual nerve paresthesia  were divided into 2 groups (with dexamethasone and without dexamethasone). Post operatively at 3 months, the bone defects were assessed for the extent of the repair. Descriptive data was expressed in percentages. Independent t tests and paired t tests were used to assess the association between difference between between groups and within groups respectively and significance was kept at  p<0.05.

Results : out of 6 patients who received inj dexamethasone , 5 patients showed decrease in paresthesia in 3 months. In 6 patients who did not receive dexamethasone 4 patients showed decrease in paresthesia. Paired t tests were performed to analyse the pre and post bone defects of group I and group II respectively. In both group I and group II, significant changes were seen in the bone defects.

Conclusion : From our study we conclude that its dexamethasone does not significantly alter the paresthesia.

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