A recent American study performed on cadavers (yikes!) has made implant placement, already an extremely routine and safe surgical procedure even safer. During the placement of dental implants, very few things can go wrong. But the face and mouth do contain a series of winding nerves, and sometimes, they can be hit if they are undetected. The problem is that while surgery must be carried out under anaesthesia, the damage to the nerve will not be apparent until a day or to after the procedure is carried out. By this time the damage to the nerve is usually irreversible, as nerve damage usually tends to be. This damage can result in a loss of feeling, complete numbness and loss of control of certain facial muscles, the tongue or parts of the jaw.