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Mental foramen / canal / and mental block anesthesia
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Volume: 2
Issue: 2
Pages: 37 - 39
Fifty Chinese skulls were used in our study thirty one of their mandibles showed mental canals of various length and width extend from the mental foramen outward and the inferior dental canal inward. Also, the opening of the mental foramen is mostly directed upward and posteriorly. This will affect mental block anesthesia. If the insertion technique of the injecting needle into the mental foramen is not done properly, the anesthetic solution will not flow into the canal. Even the mental nerve is anesthetized and the lip numbs, but there will be no block anesthesia to the continuation of the inferior dental nerve. This will make confusion when the patient feels numbness of the lower lip whereas there is no nerve block which supplies the premolars and the anterior teeth. Palpation the foramen is not always possible because the opening is oblique and directed posterior-superiorly as reported in most studies.
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JournalJournal of International Dental and Medical Research
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