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Secondary mental foramen: recommendations?

Last Updated June 19, 2017
Reviewed By:  OsseoNews Team

I have treatment planned this patient for implants in the 46, 45 and 44 sites. I have identified the mental foramen but it also appears as though there may be a secondary foramen just mesial to it. I am seeing the shadow just mesial to the mental foramen and am wondering what it could be.

Because of the loss of vertical bone height I am planning on using 6 or 8mm length implants. Maybe when I lay the FTF I will try a dissection of the mental nerve to see whether there are additional branches or if this is part of the anterior loop of the mental foramen nerve. Any recommendations on diagnosis and how to proceed?

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