Inferior alveolar nerve
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The inferior alveolar nerve or inferior dental nerve is a mixed sensory and motor branch of the posterior division of the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve, located in the pteryogomandibular space of the oral cavity/masticator space.
The inferior alveolar nerve divides off the posterior division and descends posterior to the lingual nerve, deep to lateral pterygoid muscle and lateral to the pterygomandibular raphe, between the sphenomandibular ligament and the ramus of the mandible. It enters the mandibular foramen anterior to the inferior alveolar artery and vein. It then courses in the mandibular canal.
The inferior alveolar nerve has three major branches:
- nerve to mylohyoid, which takes off just before entering the mandible (supplying the mylohyoid and anterior belly of digastric muscle).
- incisive nerve, which is a terminal branch (supplying the pulps and periodontal membranes of the canine and both incisors)
- mental nerve, which is a terminal branch (supplying the skin and mucous membrane of the lower lip and labial gum from the mid-line to second premolar tooth).
Some authors document the mental nerve carrying parasympathetic fibers from the otic ganglion to the labial glands of the lower lip.
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