[Interradicular course of the inferior alveolar nerve at the mandibular right third molar and monostotic fibrous dysplasia affecting the mandibular left third molar in the same patient. A case report]

Schweiz Monatsschr Zahnmed. 2009;119(5):489-502.
[Article in French, German]


To minimize the risk of intraoperative complications, a comprehensive radiological diagnostic work-up should be a routine procedure in oral surgery. This is especially true concerning possible damage to the inferior alveolar nerve during surgical removal of the third molars. The course and location of the nerve are best assessed when evaluating panoramic view images or cone beam CTs. The following case report demonstrates and discusses the importance of a thorough radiological evaluation before surgery, the problems raised by an interradicular course of the inferior alveolar nerve, and the finding of a monostotic fibrous dyplasia in the same patient.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cone-Beam Computed Tomography
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Fibrous Dysplasia, Monostotic / complications*
  • Fibrous Dysplasia, Monostotic / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Incidental Findings
  • Mandibular Nerve / anatomy & histology
  • Mandibular Nerve / diagnostic imaging*
  • Molar, Third / diagnostic imaging*
  • Molar, Third / surgery
  • Pericoronitis / complications
  • Pericoronitis / surgery*
  • Radiography, Panoramic
  • Tooth Extraction* / adverse effects
  • Trigeminal Nerve Injuries