WEBINAR: Occlusion - Part 2


A continuation of Occlusion Part 1. This time, I talk about the border movements of the mandible from a frontal plane and transverse plane, and introduce the concepts of overjet and overbite.



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.