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Bibliographic record number: 763799


Authors: Kranjčić, Josip; Šlaus, Mario; Peršić, Sanja; Vodanović, Marin; Vojvodić, Denis
Title: Differences in skeletal components of temporomandibular joint of an early medieval and contemporary Croatian population obtained by different methods
Source: Annals of anatomy (0940-9602) 203 (2015); 52-58
Paper type: article
Keywords: Temporomandibular joint; Articular eminence inclination; Medieval human
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most complex joints in the human body. The anatomical configuration of the TMJ allows for a large range of mandibular movements as well as transmission of masticatory forces and loads to the skull base. The measurements of the TMJ's anatomical structures and their interpretations contribute to the understanding of how pathological changes, tooth loss, and the type of diet (changing throughout human history) can affect biomechanical conditions of the masticatory system and the TMJ. The human TMJ and its constituent parts are still the subject of extensive investigation and comparisons of measurement methods are being made in order to determine the most precise and suitable measurement methods. The aim of this study has been to examine the morphology of skeletal components of TMJ of an early medieval population (EMP) in Croatia and to compare measured values with TMJ values of the contemporary Croatian population (CP) using various methods of measurement. The study was performed on 30 EMP specimens – human dry skulls, aged from 18 to 55 years, and 30 CP human dry skulls, aged from 18 to 65 years. Only fully preserved specimens (in measured areas) were included. The articular eminence (AE) inclination was measured in relation to the Frankfurt horizontal using two methods. Also, the AE height (glenoid fossa depth) and the length of the curved line – highest to the lowest point of the AE were measured. Measurements were performed on lateral skull photographs, panoramic radiographs and lateral cephalograms using VistaMetrix software on skull images. The results were statistically analyzed using SPSS statistical software. No statistically significant differences were obtained for AE parameters between the EMP and CP populations independent of age and gender. However, statistically significant (p < 0.05) differences were revealed when comparing results of three different measuring methods. It could not be determined which of the used measurement methods is the most accurate due to the different results obtained as well as the presence of possible shortcomings and limitations of the various methods (measuring points are difficult to determine and/or they are not clearly observed in the investigated images to be precisely marked and measured ; distortion and magnification of structures on radiographic images are present). Therefore, due to the limitations of this study, the obtained results could serve only as orienting information.
Project / theme: 065-0650445-0413, 065-0650446-0420
Original language: ENG
Citation databases: Current Contents Connect (CCC)
Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXP) (sastavni dio Web of Science Core Collectiona)
Category: Znanstveni
Research fields:
Dental medicine
Full paper text: 763799.2016_RAD_CC_AA_-_Kranjcic_-_Differences.pdf (tekst priložen 4. Vel. 2016. u 14:34 sati)
Broj citata:
DOI: 10.1016/j.aanat.2015.03.004
URL cjelovitog rada:
Google Scholar: Differences in skeletal components of temporomandibular joint of an early medieval and contemporary Croatian population obtained by different methods
Contrib. to CROSBI by: Josip Kranjčić (, 1. Lip. 2015. u 15:01 sati
S.I.: Dental Morphology Research - Past meets Present.

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