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Collateral Ligaments of Temporomandibular Joint (Left)
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Collateral Ligaments of Temporomandibular Joint (Left)

Ligamentum collaterale articulationis temporomandibularis

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Function

The collateral ligaments of the temporomandibular joint reinforce the inferior portion of the joint capsule. Direct and firm attachment of the articular disc to the mandibular condyle assures that they move simultaneously (Helland, 1980).

References

Helland, M. M. (1980) Anatomy and function of the temporomandibular joint. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther, 1(3), 145-52.

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