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Transverse section through skull to show relationship of upper and lower cheek teeth

This wild rabbit's head was preserved in spirit with the muscles and ligaments intact before sectioning it at the level of the cheek teeth. The muscle was then removed but the ligaments of the temporomandibular joint are still in place. It shows the relationship of the upper and lower cheek teeth in a rabbit with healthy dentition. The upper and lower cheek teeth are in contact at rest. The mandible is narrower that the maxilla so the lingual edges of the upper cheek teeth occlude with the buccal edges of the lower cheek teeth. This dissection matches cross sectional CT scans.
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