Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Losing the Sense of Taste

Friday, 09 December 2011 08:29 AM

Question: I recently had oral surgery (twice in the past six months), and since then, I have lost my sense of taste. I don't enjoy eating, and cooking for my family is getting harder and harder to do. What caused this? Did the surgery have anything to do with my taste deficiency?
Dr. Hibberd's Answer:
An altered taste or loss of taste is a rare complication after some oral surgeries. There are reported cases similar to yours where nerve damage resulted in your current problem. Loss of taste has been observed in removal of impacted molars, since nerves get damaged due to the force that has to be applied while removing them. Another possible cause is damage to nerves from using a local anesthetic.
Zinc supplements are supposed to help to regenerate taste buds. Please go back to your dental surgeon and discuss this matter in detail before you start any medication.

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