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Can periapical xrays show location of the lingual nerve in relation to the lower wisdom teeth? Are they ever used in planning wisdom tooth extraction?

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In brief: No and no

The lingual nerve runs in the soft tissue and would not show up on a periapical or a panorex.
A panorex is usually used to visualize the jaw, sinuses, and wisdom teeth, and their relationship to the inferior alveolar nerve.

In brief: No and no

The lingual nerve runs in the soft tissue and would not show up on a periapical or a panorex.
A panorex is usually used to visualize the jaw, sinuses, and wisdom teeth, and their relationship to the inferior alveolar nerve.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

A panoramic full face Xray would be preferable with a full cadcam evaluation as the penultimate diagnostic aid

In brief: Sometimes

A panoramic full face Xray would be preferable with a full cadcam evaluation as the penultimate diagnostic aid
Dr. Charles Lockhart
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Dr. Paul Grin
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In brief: Lingual nerves

cannot be seen on a regular X-ray.
They can be seen on CAT scan or MRI. But you can see the wisdom tooth position in relation to the mandibular canal assessing the risk of injury of the inferior alveolar nerve.

In brief: Lingual nerves

cannot be seen on a regular X-ray.
They can be seen on CAT scan or MRI. But you can see the wisdom tooth position in relation to the mandibular canal assessing the risk of injury of the inferior alveolar nerve.
Dr. Paul Grin
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