Incidence, types and clinical implications of a non-metrical variant - Mylohyoid bridging in human mandibles

K. Narayana, P. Narayan, K. Ashwin, L. V. Prabhu

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Mylohyoid bridging (MB) is a non-metrical variant of the human mandible. The incidence and types of MB were investigated in 264 mandibles (edentulous 116, semi-dentulous 90 and dentulous 58). No mandible showed a complete type of MB, although 19 (7.2%) mandibles had a partial type. These were classified into two subtypes: distal partial (DP, Type I) and proximal partial (PP; Type II), depending on their location over the mylohyoid groove. The MB was present unilaterally in 7.76% of edentulous mandibles' right side 5.17% (3.45% PP type and 1.72% DP type) and left side 2.59% (1.72% PP type and 0.86% DP type) Of the semi-dentulous mandibles 3.33% had DP type of MB, 1.11% on the right side and 2.22% on the left side, and of the dentulous mandibles 1.72% had DP type of MB on the right side. A total of 13 mandibles out of 264 (4.92%) had unilateral MB. No dentulous mandible had bilateral MB but 3.45% of edentulous and 2.22% of semi-dentulous mandibles did have. In total, 6 mandibles out of 264 bones (2.27%) had bilateral MB. Of the bilateral incidences 1.72% of edentulous mandibles had a DP-DP combination and the remaining 1.72% had a PP-DP combination. However, both instances of bilateral MB in semi-dentulous mandibles were of PP-DP combination. The incidence or types of MB showed no statistically significant differences between the groups or sides (p > 0.5; χ2 test). In conclusion, the complete type of MB is a rare occurrence. The incidence increases with age, as edentulous mandibles had a higher incidence of MB than the other two groups. Clinically, MB may compress the mylohyoid neurovascular bundle, leading to neurological or vascular disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-24
Number of pages5
JournalFolia Morphologica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 02-2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anatomy
  • Histology


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