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OMF Laboratory

The OMF laboratory was designed and is maintained in order to expand our basic understanding of oral-motor function and to evaluate the functional outcomes of various treatments. Research pertaining to multiple aspects of oral-motor function has been conducted, including:

  1. three-dimensional positional information of the teeth, jaws and temporomandibular joints during rest, voluntary movements and mastication,
  2. masticatory ability, efficiency, and performance (i.e., the ability to breakdown test foods) using real and artificial foods,
  3. jaw muscle strength and muscle efficiency,
  4. muscle activity (EMG) patterns during mandibular resting posture, voluntary movements, and mastication,
  5. biomechanical efficiency of the jaws and jaw muscles,
  6. contact and near-contact areas of tooth surfaces available for food processing
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