Nerve Supply

The teeth of the upper jaw are supplied by the anterior and posterior superior alveolar nerves whereas theteeth of the lower jaw are supplied by the inferior avlveolar nerve.

Figure CA.1 The mouth

The nerve supply of the gums is different for labial and lingual surfaces. The gums of the upper jaw receive supply to the labial surface via the infra-orbital and posterior superior alveolar nerves and supply to the lingual surface via the nasopalatine and greater palatine nerves. The gums of the lower jaw receive supply to the labial surface via the mental and buccal surfaces. The lingual nerve supplies the lingual surface of the gums of the lower jaw.

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