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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 698397, 11 pages
Case Report

3-Dimensional Physiologic Postural Range of the Mandible: A Computerized-Assisted Technique—A Case Study

Noraxon USA, 3630 Ashridge Street, Columbus, OH 43219, USA

Received 26 April 2013; Revised 10 July 2013; Accepted 23 August 2013

Academic Editor: Di Lazzaro Vincenzo

Copyright © 2013 Todd Shewman. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Previous studies demonstrated that while the mandible assumes its resting position in space, antagonistic muscles should assume minimal muscle activity within a spatial range. This zone of mandibular rest has been mapped using physiologic parameters of muscle activity and incisal spatial kinematics. This case study expands on previous research by monitoring incisal and posterior jaw position and includes lateral pterygoid muscle activity, thus allowing for determining the spatial range including additional relevant coordinates and muscle activity. Four positions were evaluated: a maximum physiologic open position, a maximum physiologic closed position, physiologic rest position, and maximum physiologic protrusion position. Within the physiologic zone of rest formed by these 4 positions, the vertical and anterior borders of the envelope of function may be documented for the incisal and posterior mandible in true 3-dimensional fashion to assist the clinician in determining a physiologic interocclusal freeway space and vertical dimension of occlusion. Advantages and limitations are discussed.