Anatomy Monday: Vascular/Nutrient Canals (mandible)

This Monday I am showing vascular canals or nutrient canals as they are sometimes referred to. While they are in both the maxilla and mandible, they are more commonly seen in the mandible particularly the anterior. This is due to thin bone in this area. They will appear as radiolucent bands coursing either vertically or horizontally.  Check them out below.

vascular canals periapical radiograph vascular canals with arrowsFor more examples of vascular/nutrient canals check out the page. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Thanks and enjoy!