Middle superior alveolar nerve

Last revised by Henry Knipe on 8 May 2023

The middle superior alveolar​ nerve, also known as the middle superior dental nerve, is a branch of the infraorbital nerve, from the maxillary division of the trigeminal nerve. It is the smallest of the superior alveolar nerves and contributes to the superior dental plexus.

Gross anatomy

It arises from the infra-orbital nerve whilst in the infra-orbital canal and descends to enter the maxilla via alveolar canals. Terminal dental branches enter the apical foramina at the dental roots.

The nerves supply the maxillary sinus, mid maxillary oral mucosa, the mesiobuccal root of the first maxillary molar tooth and the premolar teeth.

Variant anatomy

The nerve may be absent, in which case the posterior superior alveolar​ nerve supplies the molars and premolars.

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