Lingual foramen

Last revised by Ashesh Ishwarlal Ranchod on 4 May 2023

The lingual foramen is a small, midline, opening on the posterior or lingual surface of the mandible at the level of the symphysis mentis just above the mental spines (genial tubercle) 1-3.

It may be round or ovoid and is usually single, however, multiple openings may occur in a vertical order.

The opening allows passage of a single artery formed by the anastomoses of a branch of each sublingual artery and additionally the passage of lingual nerve branches 1-3.

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