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Title: Neurovascularization of the anterior jaw bones revisited using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging
Authors: JACOBS, Romain
LAMBRICHTS, Ivo
LIANG, Xin
MARTENS, Wendy
Mraiwa, N
ADRIAENSENS, Peter
GELAN, Jan
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: MOSBY-ELSEVIER
Citation: ORAL SURGERY ORAL MEDICINE ORAL PATHOLOGY ORAL RADIOLOGY AND ENDODONTOLOGY, 103(5). p. 683-693
Abstract: The anterior jaw bones are often considered relatively safe surgical sites. Nonetheless, the increasing rate of surgical interventions in that area, such as oral implant placement and bone grafting, has highlighted the potential risks and has raised the reported complications. A careful documentation of all anatomic variations in anterior jaw bone neurovascularization has thus become necessary. The present report attempts to revisit jaw bone neurovascularization, addressing typical anatomic appearances and variations. We summarize the results of various microanatomical studies carried out by high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (HR-MRI) of the human anterior jaw bones. These studies reveal that edentulous and dentate anterior jaws present significant variation in the occurrence of the mandibular incisive canal and genial spinal foramina, as well as the maxillary nasopalatine canal. All of these canal structures contain a neurovascular bundle, whose diameter may be large enough to cause clinically significant trauma. A careful presurgical radiographic analysis of the anterior jaw bones is therefore advised.
Notes: Catholic Univ Louvain, Fac Med, Dent Oral Pathol & Maxillofacial Surg, B-3000 Louvain, Belgium. Univ Catholique Louvain, B-1348 Louvain, Belgium. Univ Catholique Louvain, Fac Med, Sch Dent, Oral Imaging Ctr, B-1348 Louvain, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/8291
DOI: 10.1016/j.tripleo.2006.11.014
ISI #: 000248082300036
ISSN: 1079-2104
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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