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Article: Volume 47 Number 1 Page 62 - January 2020

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  Dental Update 474: 62-70

Dental Anatomy:  A Review of Head and Neck Clinical Anatomy for the General Dental Practitioner

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Abstract: Knowledge of structures of the head and neck is an important aspect of safe and effective daily clinical practice. This article will review the relevant anatomy for the assessment of the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) and associated structures, delivery of local anaesthesia, understanding routes of spread of odontogenic infections and avoidance of anatomical complications in dento-alveolar surgery.

Clinical relevance: To recap key clinically relevant basics of head and neck anatomy.

Author notes: Rana Wali, BDS(Hons), Dental Core Trainee (email:, Tina Halai, BDS, MJDF RCS(Eng), Specialty Registrar in Oral Surgery and Sonita Koshal, BDS(Hons), MFDS RCSEng, Consultant in Oral Surgery, Eastman Dental Hospital, 47−49 Huntley Street, London WC1E 6DG, UK.

Objective: To provide a review of head and neck clinical anatomy for the GDP.

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