Defense Date

2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Endodontics

First Advisor

Karan Replogle

Second Advisor

Samuel Black

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to use existing Cone Beam Computer Tomography images to determine the vertical and horizontal location of the mental foramen in relation to the mandibular first and second premolars, as well as the distance in millimeters from the apex of each. The distance from the inferior border of the foramen to the inferior border of the mandible was also recorded. The average distance from the apices of the mandibular first and second premolars to the mental foramen was 7.43mm (SD= 1.97) and 5.30mm (SD=1.65) respectively. The foramen was located 11.44mm (SD=1.49) from the inferior border of the mandible. The foramen was in line with the apex of the mandibular second premolar 41% of the time. The mental foramen was further away from the inferior border of the mandible in males and older patients. Mental foramina seemed to be positioned more apically and distally in older patients.

Rights

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Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

May 2010

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