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Vol. 74, No. 5
ISSN: 1488-2159
June 2008


Taste Change Associated with a Dental Procedure: Case Report and Review of the Literature


• Gary D. Klasser, DMD •
• Robert Utsman, DDS •
• Joel B. Epstein, DMD, MSD, FRCD(C) •

A b s t r a c t

Loss or alteration of taste is a rare phenomenon that may be idiopathic or may be caused by head trauma, medication use or systemic and local factors including various invasive dental procedures resulting in nerve damage. We present an unusual case of generalized taste change following an oral surgical procedure. The case is presented to enhance understanding of taste disorders and their relation to a localized traumatic event. Causative factors and management strategies are also reviewed.


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