International Arab Journal of Dentistry


Nutrient canals are intra-osseous spaces or channels containing nerves and blood vessels. They are observed more frequently in the mandibular anterior region as radiolucent horizontal lines of varying widths, usually situated interproximally and inferiorly to the teeth. The aims of this investigation were to evaluate radiographically the presence of nutrient canals in 500 patients with periodontitis and 500 controls, to correlate their presence with severity of bone loss and trabecular bone pattern and to correlate the type of trabecular bone pattern to the age of the patient, bone loss and number of nutrient canals.