WEBINAR: Occlusion - Part 1


A brief overview of the TMJ, muscles of mastication, and mandibular range of motion as represented by Passelt's Diagram.



The masticatory system is extremely complex. It is made up primarily of bones, muscles, ligaments, and teeth. Movement is regulated by an intricate neurologic control system composed of the brain, brainstem, and peripheral nervous system. Each movement is coordinated to maximize function while minimizing damage to any structure. Precise movement of the mandible by the musculature is required to move the teeth efficiently across each other during function. The mechanics and physiology of this movement are basic to the study of masticatory function. Part I consists of six chapters that discuss the normal anatomy, function, and mechanics of the masticatory system. Function must be understood before dysfunction can have meaning.