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Stylomandibular Ligament
Connective Tissue

Stylomandibular Ligament

Ligamentum stylomandibulare

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Structure

The stylomandibular ligament is formed from the thickened portion of the investing cervical fascia.

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Anatomical Relations

The stylomandibular ligament extends from the styloid process of the temporal bone to the angle and posterior border of the angle of the mandible, between the attachments of the masseter and medial pterygoid muscles.

Function

The stylomandibular ligament provides attachment to some fibers of the styloglossus muscle.

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TMJ dislocation (open lock) occurs when the condyle achieves a position anterior and superior to the crest of the articular eminence during jaw motion.

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