Incidence and characteristics of mandibular accessory canals: A radiographic investigation

Andrea Enrico Borgonovo, Silvio Taschieri, Virna Vavassori, Dino Re, Luca Francetti, Stefano Corbella

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AIM: The aim of the present study was to explore, through tridimensional reconstructions of cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scans, the presence and the characteristics of mandibular accessory canals.

METHODS: For each included participant, the presence of accessory canals was recorded. The diameter of the canal, as well as the distance between the canal walls and the walls of the mandibular bone (lingual, buccal, cranial and caudal), were measured and recorded.

RESULTS: Mandibular accessory canals could be found in 8.8% of participants. Retromolar canals were the most frequently found accessory mandibular canals.

CONCLUSIONS: Accessory mandibular canals were found in a relatively high number of participants through the examination of CBCT scans and tridimensional reconstruction. The presence of such structures should be considered cautiously when planning and performing surgical interventions in mandibular area.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of investigative and clinical dentistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


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