Accessory Mental/Buccal Foramina: Case Report and Review of Literature

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Abstract

The presence of the additional mental foramen of the mandible is considered to be a rare anatomical occurrence. Only a few cases have been reported. In these cases, only 1 foramen is called the mental foramen and the others are termed either accessory mental foramen or accessory buccal foramen. The purpose of this article was to present a case with computed tomography images and suggest that preoperative cone beam computed tomography should be performed to detect any anatomical variation. In addition, we present all reasonable terminology to ease the communication through unique terminology among surgeons.

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