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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 191-194  

A comparative study of the skeletal morphology of the temporo-mandibular joint of children and adults

F Meng1, Y Liu1, K Hu1, Y Zhao2, L Kong1, S Zhou1 
1 Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Stomatology, the Fourth Military Medical University, Xi'an, China
2 Department of Prosthodontics, School of Stomatology, the Fourth Military Medical University, Xi'an, China

Correspondence Address:
K Hu
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Stomatology, the Fourth Military Medical University, Xi«SQ»an
China

Background: The skeletal morphology of the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) is constantly remodeled. Aims and Objectives: A comparative study was undertaken to determine and characterize the differences in the skeletal morphology of TMJ of children and adults. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted on 30 children cadavers and 30 adult volunteers. Parameters that could reflect TMJ skeletal morphology were measured with a new technology combining helical computed tomography (CT) scan with multi-planar reformation (MPR) imaging. Results: Significant differences between children cadavers and adults were found in the following parameters ( P < 0.05): Condylar axis inclination, smallest area of condylar neck/largest area of condylar process, inclination of anterior slope in inner, middle, and outer one-third of condyle, anteroposterior/mediolateral dimension of condyle, length of anterior slope/posterior slope in inner and middle one-third of condyle, anteroposterior dimension of condyle/glenoid fossa, mediolateral dimension of condyle/glenoid fossa, inclination of anterior slope of glenoid fossa, depth of glenoid fossa, and anteroposterior/mediolateral dimension of glenoid fossa. Conclusion: There are significant differences of TMJ skeletal morphology between children and adults.


How to cite this article:
Meng F, Liu Y, Hu K, Zhao Y, Kong L, Zhou S. A comparative study of the skeletal morphology of the temporo-mandibular joint of children and adults.J Postgrad Med 2008;54:191-194


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Meng F, Liu Y, Hu K, Zhao Y, Kong L, Zhou S. A comparative study of the skeletal morphology of the temporo-mandibular joint of children and adults. J Postgrad Med [serial online] 2008 [cited 2019 Aug 18 ];54:191-194
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