alveolar canal


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alveolar canal

any of the canals of the maxilla through which the posterosuperior alveolar blood vessels and the nerves to the upper teeth pass. Also called dental canal.

alveolar canal

In the skull, any of the two or three channels leading from small holes along the middle of the infratemporal surface of the maxilla. These channels transmit the posterior superior alveolar blood vessels and nerves, which supply the upper molars and their surrounding gums.
Synonym: superior alveolar canal ; maxillary canal
See also: canal
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Caption: Figure 4: (a) Panoramic dental scan depicting enlarged inferior alveolar canal (arrow) with residual tumor mass (asterisk) and hypoplastic condylar process (chevron), (b) axial CT in bone window showingthe residual mass in alveolar margins of maxilla and mandible (arrow) and concavity of mandibular ramus (chevron), (c) axial CT scan showing apparent foramen (arrow) due to lytic erosion of mandibular cortex, (d) 3D CT scan image showing hypoplastic condylar process (chevron), apparent foramen (arrow), and tumor in maxillary alveolus (asterisk), (e) coronal CT image showing rudimentary styloid process of right side (arrow), and (f) axial CT image of sutural diastasis (chevron) and persistent metopic suture (arrow).
These in-clude age, gender, medical history, oral contraceptive, presence of pericoronitis, poor oral hygiene, smoking, degree of impaction, relationship of third molar to inferior alveolar canal, experience of the surgeon, surgical time and technique, peri-operative antibiotics and anesthetic technique.
Isolated area of radiolucency is observed in the same region involving the ascending ramus approaching the inferior alveolar canal.