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J Indian Soc Periodontol. 2012 Jul;16(3):456-60. doi: 10.4103/0972-124X.100930.

Buccinator muscle repositioning.

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  • 1Department of Periodontology, SMBT Dental College and Hospital, Sangamner, Maharashtra, India.

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Anatomical aberrations and abnormalities are frequently associated with functional, psychosocial, and emotional problems. One such aberration is crestal attachment of frenum or muscle on the alveolar processes of the jaws. Crestal attachment of buccinator muscle is a rare phenomenon, which may pose various problems in routine oral exercises/functions or restoring the edentulous area. A case of abnormal buccinator muscle attachment is presented here, which was relocated apically by surgical means using an acrylic stent. The healing was uneventful and significant apical repositioning was observed. A fixed bridge was fabricated and the long-term results of the restorative therapy were assured because the patient could maintain the oral hygiene well after the muscle repositioning operation.


Muscles; abnormalities; alveolar processes; anatomy and histology; masticatory muscles; muscle; surgery

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