Lingual foramen

The lingual foramen is a small opening situated on the lingual (tongue) side surface of the anterior mandible through which small blood vessels pass. The lingual foramen is usually situated in the midline of the internal surface of the mandible at the level of or superior to the mental spines.[1]

The small lingual foramen (black "hole" in lower portion of picture) as seen on a periapical radiograph of the anterior mandible.


  1. Mraiwa N, Jacobs R, Moerman P, Lambrichts I, van Steenberghe D, Quirynen M."Presence and course of the incisive canal in the human mandibular interforaminal region: two-dimensional imaging versus anatomical observations." Surg Radiol Anat. 2003 Nov-Dec;25(5-6):416-23. Epub 2003 Sep 11.
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