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Dentomaxillofac Radiol. 1998 Nov;27(6):341-3.

Radiographic study of the mental foramen in a selected Saudi population.

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Division of Orthodontics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the most common position of the mental foramen in a selected Saudi population and to compare the results with those reported for other populations.

METHODS:

Four hundred and fourteen panoramic radiographs of a Saudi population from four different dental centres were studied.

RESULTS:

The commonest position of the mental foramen was in line with the longitudinal axis of the second premolar (45.3%) followed closely by location between the first and second premolars (42.7%). The mental foramen was symmetrical in 80% of patients.

CONCLUSION:

Clinicians should expect to find the position of the mental foramen to be symmetrical and in line with the second premolar teeth.

PMID:
10895632
DOI:
10.1038/sj/dmfr/4600388
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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