A 65-year-old male with chance finding of vascular calcification inside the left cheek region from the lower border of the mandible running upwards adjacent to #18-19 region.

This is probably the facial artery.

The 3D reconstruction shows a posterior transverse branch rising towards the parotid region.
The patient is being treated for high cholesterol and hypertension.

Vascular calcification is a late change in atherosclerosis and similar changes are likely in the carotid and coronary arteries. The patient should be informed of the calcification and advised to consult their physician. A letter should be sent to the physician.

– By Dr. Douglas K Benn DDS PhD, Diploma in Dental Radiology (Royal College of Radiologists, England)
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist

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