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Lateral Temporomandibular Ligament
Connective Tissue

Lateral Temporomandibular Ligament

Ligamentum temporomandibulare laterale

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Anatomical Relations

The lateral ligament of the temporomandibular joint runs from the articular tubercle of the temporal bone superiorly, down past the lateral side of the temporomandibular joint, in contact with the joint capsule. It attaches to the lateral and posterior surfaces of the neck of the condylar process of the mandible.

Function

The lateral ligament of the temporomandibular joint prevents posterior displacement of the mandibular condyle and initiates the forward movement of the articular disc when the mandible is fully depressed.

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Joint Ligament

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Laxity of the TMJ ligaments → hypotonus of the temporal and masseter muscles → dropping of the jaw.

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