Greater palatine foramen
|Greater palatine foramen|
Permanent teeth of upper dental arch, seen from below. (Greater palatine foramen labeled at lower right.)
Base of skull. Inferior surface.
|Latin||foramen palatinum majus|
At either posterior angle of the hard palate is the greater palatine foramen, for the transmission of the descending palatine vessels and greater palatine nerve; and running anteriorly (forward) and medially (towards the center-line) from it is a groove, for the same vessels and nerve.
The greater palatine foramen (GPF) is related to the upper 3rd molar tooth in most of the skulls (55%), 2nd molar in (12%), between the 2nd & 3rd molar in (19%) and retromolar in (14%). The shape of the foramen is elongated antero-posteriorly; however, an unusually crescent shaped foramen is rare.
- Anatomy photo:22:os-0607 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center
- Greater+palatine+foramen at eMedicine Dictionary
- Anatomy diagram: 05287.011-1 at Roche Lexicon - illustrated navigator, Elsevier
- Anatomy diagram: 34257.000-1 at Roche Lexicon - illustrated navigator, Elsevier
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