Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Temporomandibular Joint

  • L. M. GalloEmail author
  • V. Colombo


Evolving from pure anatomy, this chapter focuses on TMJ motor function and dysfunction. Functional anatomy and its morphological structures are the limits where the mandibular movements and its central and peripheral neurological inputs can govern TMJ motion.
  • The masticatory system as a functional unit

  • Definition of mandibular positions and limitations of its analysis

  • Descriptions of mandibular dynamics in function and dysfunction

  • TMJ static and dynamic loading


Masticatory system Statics Dynamics TMJ loading Dynamic loading 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Physiology and Biomechanics of the Masticatory SystemUniversity of Zurich, Center of Dental MedicineZurichSwitzerland

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