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The human temporo-mandibular joint: current anatomic and physiologic status.

Authors
  • Le Toux, G
  • Duval, J M
  • Darnault, P
Type
Published Article
Journal
Surgical and radiologic anatomy : SRA
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1989
Volume
11
Issue
4
Pages
283–288
Identifiers
PMID: 2617411
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The aim of this study was to take stock of current anatomic and physiologic knowledge of the human temporo-mandibular joint. Though the lateral pterygoid m. plays an essential role in joint movements, we believe that the small deep portion of the masseter and temporalis have a supplementary action in guiding the articular disc forward. The embryologists have demonstrated joint movements in the two-month embryo and at this stage there already exists a triple attachment of the temporalis, pterygoid and masseter to the disc.

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