Physiotherapeutic possibilities in the treatment of complications after tooth extraction

Joanna Monika Borek, Teresa Matthews-Brzozowska


One of the most common complications occurring during or after tooth extraction is paralysis of the lower alveolar nerve. The nerve may be damaged or affected during removal of the retained lower third molars. Nerve damage may occur in the form of paresthesia, pseudoneuralgia or complete abolition of sensation in the surgical area.
A review of the literature to verify the physiotherapeutic possibilities in the treatment of complications after tooth extraction.
Material and research method:
A literature review was conducted in terms of physiotherapeutic treatment methods as a result of disorders resulting from complications after tooth extraction. PubMed and Google Schoolar were analyzed. Keywords used in the search were: "physiotherapy and tooth extraction", "manual therapy and tooth extraction" and "electrotherapy and tooth extraction". Five reports were analyzed.
There is a need to combine standard therapy with physiotherapy in order to accelerate the healing process as a result of complications after extraction.
Physiotherapy is highly effective and non-invasive in the treatment of many complications that occur in dental surgery. The physiotherapist offers a range of therapeutic procedures that improve the function of damaged nerves.


physiotherapy; tooth extraction; interdisciplinary treatment

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