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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000679.txt from 1997/12

From: Jim Lytthans <>
Subj: Wisdom teeth
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 21:25:06 -0500

Simon aldrich commented:
> I know a former professional principal clarinet in a major Canadian orchestra who lost the feeling in half of his lower lip due to a wisdom tooth extraction.

I had my wisdom teeth taken out about 15 years ago. Three were normal
extractions, but the lower left was upside dowm, with the roots wrapped
around the jaw bone. The surgeon had to open up the inner lip area to
remove the tooth. In the process he bruised the left mendibular (sp?)
nerve, which controls feeling in the lower lip. Since then I've
experienced partial numbness in the lower-left lip area. Depending on
the weather (!), this lack of feeling can be either just annoying or
somewhat serious. My playing seemed to have suffered little, after a
six-month period of recovery, during which I could hardy play. I sued
the dentist in Small Claims Court and collect some of my lost earnings,
but not all.

The bottom line is: discuss this kind of oral surgery carefully with
your doctor. Tell him what you do for a living before the work is done.


Jim Lytthans "Primo Arundo Donax!"
Principal Clarinet
La Mirada (CA) Symphony Orchestra
Claremont Symphonic Winds
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