Dear All,

I'm working on three-dimensional finite element models of the upper and
lower jaw. Does anybody know of literature data on the mechanical
properties of cortical and trabecular bone in these anatomical structures or
has anybody performed some experiments to determine these properties?
Especially data on trabecular bone is lacking (which is probably due to the
problem of getting trabecular bone specimens of sufficient size from the jaws).
And then a second question related to the same field : I'm looking for
reference data for the musculatory system of the lower jaw : direction of
the applied muscle forces relative to the jaw, force magnitude, muscle
stiffness, point of attachment of the muscles. Can I find some kind of
'standard' geometrical model in literature for the jaw muscles? Has anybody
done EMG-measurements for different chewing or biting conditions
(symmetric,asymmetric,...)?
I would appreciate any information on these topics. Thanks in advance.


Hans Van Oosterwyck
Division of Biomechanics and Engineering Design
KULeuven
Belgium
tel: +32 16 32 75 71
fax: +32 16 32 79 94
e-mail: hans.vanoosterwyck@mech.kuleuven.ac.be

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