Nerve Supply Of The Jaws And Teeth

Nerve Supply Teeth

Twelve pairs of cranial nerves arise in the brain and give off branches to the structures of the head and face. These nerves leave the cranial cavity through foramina in the base of the cranium. The fifth cranial nerve the trigeminal nerve is the largest of the twelve pairs. See figure 2-13. It is of particular importance in dentistry since it provides the nerve supply to the jaws and the teeth. The fifth cranial nerve contains both motor and sensory fibers. Thus, it has a motor root supplying...