The location of the mental foramen in a selected Malay population

Ngeow, Wei Cheong (2003) The location of the mental foramen in a selected Malay population. European Journal of Oral Sciences, 45 (3). pp. 171-175.


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Knowledge of the position of the mental foramen is important both when administering regional anesthesia and performing periapical surgery in the mental region of the mandible. This study determines the position of the mental foramen in a selected Malay population. One hundred and sixty nine panoramic radiographs of Malay patients retrieved from a minor oral surgery waiting list were selected to identify the normal range for the position of the mental foramen. The foramen was not included in the study if there was any mandibular tooth missing between the lower left and right first molars (36-46). The findings indicated the most common position for the mental foramen was in line with the longitudinal axis of the second premolar (69.2) followed by a location between the first and second premolar (19.6). The right and left foramina were bilaterally symmetrical in three of six recorded positions in 67.7 patients. The mental foramen was most often in line with the second premolar.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cited By (since 1996): 17 Export Date: 7 March 2012 Source: Scopus PubMed ID: 14650583 Language of Original Document: English Correspondence Address: Ngeow,
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescent; Adult; Article; Asian; Chin; Female; Histology; Human; Malaysia; Male; Mandible; Panoramic Radiography; Radiography; Asian Continental Ancestry Group; Humans; Radiography, Panoramic
Subjects: R Medicine
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry > Dept of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Depositing User: Dr Wei Cheong Ngeow
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2012 01:46
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 08:45

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