Have you ever lost your sense of smell or taste? Recall how it feels when your face/mouth don’t work properly until the nerve blocks wear off after a dental procedure.
Based on the results of our comparative analysis, we can conclude that, in the absence of extensive soft-tissue injury, simple repair of facial sensory nerves leads to restoration of nearly normal sensation. ….. Interestingly, face transplantation is the only clinical condition where, in the absence of sensory nerve repair, good functional outcome is achieved despite severe trauma causing soft-tissue and sensory nerve damage.
An important issue that emerged from the comprehensive review of the literature is an evident lack of universal methods of neurosensory assessment and an urgent need for establishment of guidelines that will help with comparative analysis of the sensory recovery data. This applies to the reported cases of face transplantation, where documentation of sensory recovery is either marginal or overlooked.