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IA Injection Advice

Hey everyone ! Just need some IA injection advice. I am a student in dental hygiene school right now & anytime I encounter someone with missing 2nd & 3rd molars, it completely throws off my landmarks of the pterygoid mandibular space.. I feel like there is excess buccal tissue & I am mistaking that for the pterygoid space ..anyone else encounter this ??? Any help , tips & advice would be great ! Thank you !!!!!



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Use your thumb on your retraction hand to feel for the mandibular ridge. It gets thinner the more distal you go. The pterygoid space should be just medial to that.
PS, do you have an instructor that can go over this with you, that is why they are there. 🙂

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I agree with Sue, I use my thumb or pointer finger (depending on which side you are injecting) to feel for this space. Definitely helps!

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I absolutely agree with Sue! Using your thumb helps so much. Sue also took the words right out of my mouth when it comes to having instructors help you when you are uncertain. Use them while you can! Remember, with practice things become easier it just takes time.

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