How to Find the Mandibular Nerve Using CBCT Software (Video)

When you’re about to drill into the posterior mandible, it’s critical to know exactly where the artery, nerve and mental foramen are located. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important that implantologists utilize software to simplify identifying anatomy before implant surgery. In this how-to video, I walk you through how to evaluate the mental foramen and the inferior alveolar nerve based on on a lower right focused field scan from my CS 9000 3D extraoral imaging system.

More and more, doctors are working backwards from the restoration to the implant. Having an accurate map of the nerve position and placing an implant digitally before a patient is even in the chair prevents errors and improves surgical outcomes. Evaluation software can give you peace of mind and confidence when actually placing the implant.

What’s your strategy for identifying anatomical limitations before placing an implant? Are you using CBCT scans in your practice?

Joel Henriod, DDS, MHS Contributor