Nerves can be injured through a variety of causes including trauma from dental extractions and burns from local anesthetics. Dr. Glyman and Dr. Swanson are experienced in the repair of the nerves that give sensation to the face and tongue as well as those that move the face. The inferior alveolar nerve (lips), lingual nerve (tongue) and facial nerve are usually repaired early if necessary in order to improve outcome. Early consultation and exam are critical to success. In a study published by Glyman and Swanson, early repair of Lingual nerves (3-6 months) after injury leads to the best long term outcomes.