Three-dimensional dynamical capabilities of the human masticatory muscles.

  title={Three-dimensional dynamical capabilities of the human masticatory muscles.},
  author={Jan Harm Koolstra and Theo M G J van Eijden},
  journal={Journal of biomechanics},
  volume={32 2},
Many habitual human jaw movements are non-symmetrical. Generally, it is observed that when the lower incisors move to one side the contralateral condyle moves forwards onto the articular eminence, whereas the ipsilateral condyle stays in the mandibular fossa, moving slightly to the ipsilateral side. These jaw movements are the result of contractions of active masticatory muscles and guided by the temporomandibular joints, their ligaments and passive elastic properties of the muscles. It is not… CONTINUE READING

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