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Quintessence Publishing: Journals: OFPH
Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache

Edited by Barry J. Sessle, BDS, MDS, BSc, PhD, FRSC

Official Journal of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain,
the European, Asian, and Ibero-Latin Academies of Craniomandibular
Disorders, and the Australian Academy of Orofacial Pain

ISSN 2333-0384 (print) • ISSN 2333-0376 (online)

Publication:
Fall 1995
Volume 9 , Issue 4

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Controversies on anatomy and function of the ligaments associated with the temporomandibular joint: A literature surve

Sato/Strom/Carlsson

Pages: 308-316
PMID: 8995903

Varying opinions are found in the literature regarding the role of the ligaments associated with the temporomandibular joint, eg, with respect to recording of mandibular positions and diagnisis and to treatment of patients with temporomandibular disorders. A literature survey was done to explore controversies of anatomy and function of the temporomandibular joint ligaments. Only 20 research-based anatomic/functional articles were registered in the Index Medicus system under the selected headings from 1897 to 1995. By examining the reference lists of the articles found, 22 more articles not included in Index Medicus were identified. Thus, the total number of original publications concerning the temporomandibular ligaments was limited. Although the conventional textbook descriptions of the anatomy of the ligaments are fairly consistent, there are several controversies and unanswered questions. Information about the functional role of the ligaments is especially insufficient. The results of this survey indicate that there is a need for addiitional anatomic and functional investigations of ligaments associated with the temproomandibular joint. e l o r

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