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The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants



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Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 5 (1990), No. 1     1. Mar. 1990
Int J Oral Maxillofac Implants 5 (1990), No. 1  (01.03.1990)

Page 15-22

A Precise Radiographic Method to Determine the Location of the Inferior Alveolar Canal in the Posterior Edentulous Mandible: Implications for Dental Implants. Part 1: Technique
Stella, John Paul / Tharanon, Wichit
In severely atrophic or osteoporotic mandibles, the location of the inferior alveolar nerve may vary considerably, both superoinferiorly and mediolaterally. A clinician's ability to reliably locate this nerve within the mandible would permit the surgical planning of implant placement in the posterior edentulous mandible. Eight edentulous cadaver mandibles were studied. A technique that precisely locates the inferior alveolar nerve within the mandible is described. The technique will aid the surgeon in planning a surgical approach to the posterior mandible with reduced risk of injury to the inferior alveolar nerve.

Keywords: buccolingual position, inferior alveolar nerve, posterior mandibular dental implants