masticatory system


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mas·ti·ca·to·ry sys·tem

the organs and structures primarily functioning in mastication: the jaws, teeth with their supporting structures, temporomandibular joint, muscles of mastication, tongue, lips, cheeks, and oral mucosa.

masticatory system

Etymology: L, masticare, to chew; Gk, systema
the combination of structures involved in chewing, including the jaws, teeth and supporting structures, mandibular and maxillary musculature, temporomandibular joints, tongue, lips, cheeks, oral mucosa, blood supply, and cranial nerves. Also called masticatory apparatus. Compare stomatognathic system.

mas·ti·ca·to·ry sys·tem

(masti-kă-tōr-ē sistĕm)
Organs and structures primarily functioning in mastication: jaws, teeth with their supporting structures, temporomandibular joint, muscles of mastication, tongue, lips, cheeks, and oral mucosa.
Synonym(s): dental apparatus.
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Furthermore, other factors such as masticatory system development and parafunctional oral habits have been reported as indicators of TMD in children.
Particularly, in the age groups of 3- and 5-year-olds, complaints of pain in connection with the function of the masticatory system were very rare.
Such an analysis may also reveal eating habits that do not appear to be damaging the masticatory system in the short term, but may be harmful to the patient's general health (e.
Analysis of the definition of malocclusion in line with the findings of the International Commission for Unification of Orthodontic Systematics of the World Health Organization, stating "malocclusion is a state of the masticatory system that limits the action of chewing and breathing and/or is felt by the patient as a disfigurement", reveals the difficulty in comparing Polish and foreign studies [11].
Some authors believe that this parafunctional activity of the masticatory system has a multifactorial etiology.
Most of the populations are not aware of the relationship existing between symptoms such as headache and otalgia to TMD and the masticatory system.
Dentists and dental hygienists would find this text useful in reviewing, or completing their understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human masticatory system.
In this diagnostic method masticatory system is allowed to adapt to the new treatment approach easily with the option of mod- ifications at all levels or even cancelling the whole treatment without any adverse effect on the teeth or the masticatory apparatus.
This study sought to describe the dominant morpho-functional patterns of the masticatory system from 0 to 30 minutes with the Lucia jig in normal subjects using the analysis of the electromyographic activity of the masseter and temporalis muscles.
Diet consistency influences the development of the masticatory system, with a solid diet leading to an increase in the weight of the mandibular bone and masseter muscle (Kuboyama & Moriya, 1995), while animals receiving a liquid or soft diet show a decrease in masseter muscle weight (Ciochon et al.
Short-term effect of two therapeutic methods on myofascial pain and dysfunction of the masticatory system.