The mental foramen has been reported to vary in position in different ethnic groups. Repeated failures during injections and operative procedures involving the mental foramen suggest the presence of local differences in a given population.
The aim of the present study was to determine the position and symmetry of mental foramen (MF) in a digital panoramic view (OPG) in 90 patients. They were clinically divided into three groups: Group I–Angle’s class I malocclusion, group II-Angle's class II malocclusion and group III-Angle’s class III malocclusion. The assessment was made for location of mental foramen with reference to the first and second premolars in a digital panoramic view (OPG).
The results obtained showed that the common position of mental foramen is below 2nd premolar and between 1st and 2nd premolar.
This study concluded that there exists no difference in the appearance of the mental foramen in Angle's class of occlussion and they are not always symmetrical in same individual.
Keywords: Mental foramen, Malocclusion, Panoramic view.
How to Cite
Gangotri S, Patni VM, Sathwane RS. Radiographic Determination of Position and Symmetry of Mental Foramen in Central Indian Population. J Indian Acad Oral Med & Radiology. 2011;23(2):101-103