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Local differences of the position of the mental foramen

H. Yesilyurt, A. Aydlnllglu, A. Kavakll, N. Ekinci, C. Eroglu, M. Haclaliogullarl, S. Diyarbaklrll
Folia Morphol 2008;67(1):32-35.

open access

Vol 67, No 1 (2008)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2007-12-03
Submitted: 2012-02-06

Abstract

The mental foramen has been reported to vary in position in different ethnic groups. Repeated failures during injections and operative procedures involving the mental foramen suggest the presence of local differences in a given population. The aim of the present study was to investigate possible local differences of the mental foramen in Eastern Anatolian individuals in the Turkish population. The present investigation is based on the examination of 70 adult mandibles. The study consisted of three measurements, to include the relations of the mental foramen to the following: 1) the lower teeth; 2) the body of mandible; 3) the mandibular symphysis and posterior border of the ramus of the mandible. The most common position of the foramen was in line with the longitudinal axis of the second premolar tooth (relation IV), at the midpoint of the mandibular body height and at 1/3.5 of the distance from the mandibular symphysis to the posterior border of the ramus.
Local differences of the mental foramen may occur in a population. Prior to surgery knowledge of the most common location of the foramen peculiar to a local population may enable effective mental block anaesthesia to be provided.
(Folia Morphol 2008; 67: 32-35).

Abstract

The mental foramen has been reported to vary in position in different ethnic groups. Repeated failures during injections and operative procedures involving the mental foramen suggest the presence of local differences in a given population. The aim of the present study was to investigate possible local differences of the mental foramen in Eastern Anatolian individuals in the Turkish population. The present investigation is based on the examination of 70 adult mandibles. The study consisted of three measurements, to include the relations of the mental foramen to the following: 1) the lower teeth; 2) the body of mandible; 3) the mandibular symphysis and posterior border of the ramus of the mandible. The most common position of the foramen was in line with the longitudinal axis of the second premolar tooth (relation IV), at the midpoint of the mandibular body height and at 1/3.5 of the distance from the mandibular symphysis to the posterior border of the ramus.
Local differences of the mental foramen may occur in a population. Prior to surgery knowledge of the most common location of the foramen peculiar to a local population may enable effective mental block anaesthesia to be provided.
(Folia Morphol 2008; 67: 32-35).
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Keywords

mandible; mental foramen; mental nerve; premolar

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Title

Local differences of the position of the mental foramen

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 67, No 1 (2008)

Pages

32-35

Published online

2007-12-03

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2008;67(1):32-35.

Keywords

mandible
mental foramen
mental nerve
premolar

Authors

H. Yesilyurt
A. Aydlnllglu
A. Kavakll
N. Ekinci
C. Eroglu
M. Haclaliogullarl
S. Diyarbaklrll

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