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BiteFX January 2018 Updates

Posted by Doug Brown on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 @ 17:02 PM

New Animation: Disc Healthy - Pressure Path

This animation shows how the area of pressure between the condyle and fossa moves for a healthy disc.

Disc-Healthy-Pressure-Path-Without-Disc.png Disc-Healthy-Pressure-Path-With-Disc.png

The animation shows the condyle/fossa from three perspectives:

  • from above (the main view)
  • from below (top right insert)
  • from the side (bottom right insert)

and shows in red how the area of pressure between the condyle, fossa and eminence moves as the jaw opens and closes. 

First it shows the motion without the disk, then it adds the disc and retrodiscal tissue, and finally adds in the pterygoid muscles.

Although the animation is designed primarily for teaching dentists and dental students we suspect some of you will find it useful for explaining certain functions to your patients.

In coming months we'll add variations of this animation showing how things change with a displaced disc and when the disc deteriorates.

Thanks again to Dr. Drew Cobb, Director of the Core Curriculum at The Dawson Academy, for all his input in putting this series of animations together. 

Look for this animation in Update 68 on Windows, Update 34 on the iPad.

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