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A model to simulate the mastication motion at the temporomandibular joint
Author(s): Marta B. Villamil; Luciana P. Nedel; Carla M. Dal Sasso Freitas; Anderson Maciel
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Paper Abstract

The understanding of the mastication system motion is essential to maxillofacial surgeons and dentists in the procedures concerning jaw and teeth corrections. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), despite its complexity, is one of the most frequently used joints of the human body. The incidence of a great number of injuries in this joint is influenced not only by its regular use during the mastication, but also by the strong forces applied by the muscles and the wide range of movements it is capable to perform. In this work, we propose the development of a jaw simulator capable of reproducing the complete mastication movement. Our jaw simulator is basically composed by three triangle meshes representing the 3D model of the cranium, mandible and teeth; and an anatomically-based joint model conceived to represent the TMJ motion. The polygonal meshes describing the bones and teeth are obtained from CT images and the jaw motion is simulated using the joint model guided by a 3D motion curve obtained from the composition of the standard 2D curves available in the medical literature. The scale, height and width of these original curves are modified to simulate different kind and size of food and to represent the movements’ variability depending on patient morphology (teeth, bones, joints and muscles). The evaluation of preliminary results involved the comparison of a dynamic MRI of a healthy person with the respective simulation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 April 2005
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5746, Medical Imaging 2005: Physiology, Function, and Structure from Medical Images, (14 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.595742
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Marta B. Villamil, Federal Univ. of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
Luciana P. Nedel, Federal Univ. of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
Carla M. Dal Sasso Freitas, Federal Univ. of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
Anderson Maciel, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5746:
Medical Imaging 2005: Physiology, Function, and Structure from Medical Images
Amir A. Amini; Armando Manduca, Editor(s)

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