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The lingual tonsil (LT), located at the base of the tongue posterior to the circumvallate papillae, consists of aggregates of lymphoid tissue separated by a median glossoepiglottic ligament that splits the LT into right and left halves. Tonsillar tissue on either side of the ligament exhibits discrete round nodules that project upward. Each prominence is covered by nonkeratinized epithelium and has a central crypt formed by an invagination of the overlying epithelium. Ducts of adjacent mucous glands empty into the crypt, serving as a flushing mechanism to cleanse the crypt. A thin fibrous connective tissue capsule isolates the LT from the underlying tongue musculature. Lingual tonsillar tissue tends to regress with aging. Hypertrophy and pathologic changes of the LT can develop and cause subjective symptomatology. Patient complaints include sore throats, dysphagia, globus sensation, dyspnea, obstructive sleep apnea, dysgeusia, halitosis, and otalgia. Tonsilloliths in the palatine tonsil are often reported, but the LT also can develop a tonsillolith. Only 1 report of LT tonsilloliths was found in the English-language dental literature. Because of its literary rarity, this report presents a case of an incidental finding of a lingual tonsillolith. Diagnostic skills are sharpened when such cases are brought to the attention of the profession.
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Lymphangiomatous polyps of the palatine tonsils are benign tumors that are rare in both adults and children. Most patients suffering from this disease present with nonspecific symptoms similar to thos...
The root and canal anatomy of the mandibular first molar is highly complicated. A mandibular first molar with a C-shaped root canal system is rare. This article describes two different cases of this s...
The lingual nerve is a branch of the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve. It descends medial and anterior to the inferior alveolar nerve through the pterygomandibular space, runs by the lingua...
Dental implant treatment planning has traditionally been accomplished using 2-dimensional radiographs and stone models. Although historically this method has been used with success, there are limitati...
This study describes a novel nerve block directed at the maxillary (V2) division of the fifth cranial nerve as treatment for medication-refractory trigeminal neuralgia (TN).
Gingival recession is defined as the apical migration of the gingival margin from the amelocemental junction. This condition may be associated with symptoms such as tooth hypersensitivity,...
This study evaluates the profile changes and torque control using lingual lever arm vs conventional lingual mechanics. Half of the patients will receive lever arms and the other half will ...
This study aims to determine the shape and dimension of dental arches from a lingual perspective, and determine shape and size used for lingual Orthodontics.
To evaluate the effectiveness of Lingual Ring Splint For Management of Anterior Disc Displacement With Reduction
Patients who have moderate crowding that could be treated without extraction will be treated in this study using either lingual or labial fixed orthodontic appliances. All patients will re...
Inflammation of the tonsils, especially the PALATINE TONSILS but the ADENOIDS (pharyngeal tonsils) and lingual tonsils may also be involved. Tonsillitis usually is caused by bacterial infection. Tonsillitis may be acute, chronic, or recurrent.
Death resulting from the presence of a disease in an individual, as shown by a single case report or a limited number of patients. This should be differentiated from DEATH, the physiological cessation of life and from MORTALITY, an epidemiological or statistical concept.
Pathological enlargement of the LINGUAL THYROID, ectopic thyroid tissue at the base of the TONGUE. It may cause upper AIRWAY OBSTRUCTION; DYSPHAGIA; or HYPOTHYROIDISM symptoms.
Traumatic injuries to the LINGUAL NERVE. It may be a complication following dental treatments.
A sensory branch of the MANDIBULAR NERVE, which is part of the trigeminal (5th cranial) nerve. The lingual nerve carries general afferent fibers from the anterior two-thirds of the tongue, the floor of the mouth, and the mandibular gingivae.
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Sleep disorders disrupt sleep during the night, or cause sleepiness during the day, caused by physiological or psychological factors. The common ones include snoring and sleep apnea, insomnia, parasomnias, sleep paralysis, restless legs syndrome, circa...