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What forms the roof of the mouth?

Part of the roof is formed by the superior alveolar arch 

The HARD PALATE (which is formed by palatine process of the maxilla and also by the horiztonal process of the palatine bone


Posteriorly, the SOFT PALATE and uvula



The alveolar arches also have another name based on what anchors into them. What is this name and function?

The dental arches 

They house the teeth


What is the floor of the oral cavity made up of?

It is formed mainly by a diaphrgam muscle bridging the rami of the mandible (ie. closing the hole in the inferior part of the mandible)



What are the main muscles that make up the floor of the oral cavity. Describe their origins and insertions and draw their arrangement

  • The main muscle is the mylohyoid bone that connects the internal surface of the mandible to the superior surface of the hyoid bone
  • The digastic muscles sit anteriorly to the mylohyoid bone and consists of two muscular bellies united by an intermediate rounded tendon. They run from the mandible all the way back to the temporal bone.
  • The geniohyoid muscle lies internal to the mylohyoid bone, running in the midline from the geniotubercles of the mandible to the hyoid bone


Describe the major divisions of the tongue

The tongue is divided roughly into 2 main divisions: anterior 2/3rds and the posterior 1/3rd

The delination between them is by a V shaped groove called the sulcus terminalis which has its apex pointing posteriorly


What is the depression at the apex of the sulcus terminalis of the tongue called? What is the function?

The foramen caecum is an embryonlogical remnant of where the thyroglossal duct developed before it descended into the neck as the thyroid gland. Once the thyroid develops, the duct closes leaving this depression. 




Describe the posterior third of the tongue

It is very nodular as it contains a lot of lymphoid tissue called the lingual tonsil (group of tissues) directly under the mucosa of the tongue



What are the 4 main papillae on the surface of the tongue, describe their location

  1. Fungiform papillae: over the anterior part of the tongue (mainly the outskirts)
  2. Vallate papillae (also called circumvalate): line the anterior aspect of the sulcus terminalis
  3. Foliate papillae: Lining the posteriolateral aspect next to the sulcus terminalis
  4. Filliform papillae: over the medial part of the anterior 2/3rds of the tongue



Describe the shape and function of the 4 different papillae on the surface of the tongue





Large and Round (only 10-14 per person)

Contain taste buds


Look like mushrooms, small and red

Contain taste buds



Short vertical folds; Ridges and Grooves

Contain taste buds



Small, pointy projections

Roughens the tongue to help grip the food bolus


What is the significance of the papillae in terms of function?

They contain the taste buds, specialised sensory cells that sit deep in the walls of the papillae 


Are taste buds present in all the types of papillae of the tongue?


Taste buds are only present in circumvalate, fungiform, and foliate papillae (and soft palate) but not filiform papillae.


What is the main function of the extrinsic muscles of the tongue as a group?

They alter the position of the tongue


What are the 4 main external muscles of the tongue? Describe their attachments and their function





Attaches from the base of the tongue to the hyoid bone

Contraction depresses the tongue into the oral cavity


Attaches to the soft palate

Contraction elevates the tongue



Attaches to the styloid processes of the temporal bone

Contraction retracts the tongue (pulls it into the mouth)


Attaches to the genial tubercle in the midline of the mandible

Contraction pulls the tongue forward and out of the mouth (protraction)


Describe the innervation of the external muscles of the tongue

All of the muscles are innervated by CN XII - hypoglossal nerve (except palatoglossus which is innervated by the vagus)


Describe what damage to the hypoglossal nerve (a LMN lesion on one side) would appear when asking the patient to stick their tongue out

The tongue deviates to the side of lesion 

This is because normally sticking out the tongue (genioglossus muscle) is achieved by pushing the two halves of the muscle against each other to achieve protraction. But if one side has lost innervation then the working side is able to push against it unopposed so the tongue deviates to the side of the lesion.


What is the function of the intrinsic muscles of the tongue as a whole?

They contract against each other to alter the shape of the tongue


What are the intrinsic muscles of the tongue?

They are all named by the projection/orientation of the muscle fibres. 

They all have attachments within the tongue and form the body of the tongue. 



What innervates the intrinsic muscles of the tongue?

They are all innervated by the CN XII


Describe the somatic motor innervation to the tongue

The whole tongue is innervated by the hypoglossal nerve, except the palatoglossus muscle (innervated by a branch of vagus)



Describe the somatic sensory innervation to the tongue

  • The posterior third recieves almost all sensory innervation by the glossopharyngeal nerve IX (taste and general somatic sensation)
  • Anterior 2/3rds from the lingual nerve; a branch of the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve (V3)


Describe the special sensory innervation to the tongue (taste)

  • Posterior third recieves almost all sensory innervation by the glossopharyngeal nerve 
  • Anterior 2/3rds: taste mediated by the chordae tympani, a branch from the facial nerve and has the tortuous course through the middle ear



What is important to note about teeth and pain?

Dental pain can refer to lots of other parts of the head because of shared nerve supply and vice versa. 



What are the teeth?

From medial to lateral:

  1. Two Incisors
  2. One Canine
  3. Two Premolars
  4. Three Molars



Each type of tooth has a shape adapted to function, describe these for each tooth





Flat, sharp surface

Cuts through food


Pointy edge

Anchors onto food and tears it out


Flat cusps

Grinding and macerating food


Where are the teeth embedded?

In the superior and inferior alveolar arches


What is the significance of the wisdom teeth?

Adult teeth erupt in certain ages, but don’t do so completely sequentially.

The Wisdom teeth are the third molars (often the last to erupt). By this stage, there is not much room at the back of the arches for the wisdom teeth, so they often grow into the 2nd molars and impact on them. 


Describe the nerve supply to the teeth

Upper teeth are supplied by the maxillary division of the trigeminal V2 and the lower teeth from the mandibular division V3



Describe what kind of referred pain can occur in the upper teeth and in the lower teeth

Upper teeth:

Dental pain can be referred to other branches of the maxillary nerve such as the maxillary sinus 

Lower teeth:

From the auriculotemporal nerve (part of the external auditory meatus and temperomandibular joint, dental pain can refer to the ear)


Describe the arterial supply to the teeth

The teeth are supplied by branches from the external carotid artery


What is the main function of the salivary glands?

List the three salivary glands

They produce saliva, which keeps the mouth and other parts of the digestive system moist. It also helps break down carbohydrates and lubricates the passage of food. It also has some antimicrobial properties

  1. Parotid gland
  2. Submandibular gland
  3. Sublingual gland


Describe the location of the parotid gland, the duct and its opening

  • It sits anterior to the external auditory meatus.
  • The duct is superficial to the masseter muscle
  • The duct opens opposite the upper 2nd molar tooth. 


Describe the location of the submandibular gland, the duct and its opening

  • It has 2 parts formbed by the wrapping of the gland around the free edge of the mylohyoid muscle: Inside the oral cavity and outside 
  • The duct runs forward, perices the subligual gland and runs into the subligual papilla
  • The ducts open just lateral to the lingual frenulum 



Describe the location of the sublingual gland, the duct and its opening

  • Runs along the floor of the mouth lateral to the tongue
  • It contains many ducts and openings directly into the mucosa info the floor of the mouth lateral to the tongue




What are the major structures in the floor of the mouth?


The floor of the mouth (mucosa under the tongue) is highly vascular. What implication does this have?

Very rapid drug absorption from the tongue


Where does the oral cavity end?

By definition, it ends at the back of the dental/alveolar arches (boundary between oral cavity and oropharynx)



What forms the following of the oropharynx...

  • Roof
  • Floor
  • Lateral walls

  • Roof largely formbed by the soft palate
  • Floor by posterior third of the tongue and epiglottis.
  • Lateral walls contain the tonsils and related structures and mucosal arches



Describe the arches of the oropharynx

They are formed by the mucosal folds of the muscles of the oral cavity and pharynx.

  • Palatoglossal arch anteriorly runs from the soft palate to the tongue. Formed by the underlying palatoglossal muscle.
  • Palatopharyngeal arch posteriorly runs from the soft palate to the pharynx formed by mucosa sitting over the palatopharyngeal muscle. 



What sits in between the two arches of the oropharynx?

The palatine tonsils



What are the tubal tonsils, where are the located?

They are a small group of tonsils sitting over the cartilagenous part of the auditory tube 



What makes up the soft palate of the oropharynx?

It largely consists of muscle:

  • musculus uvulae (which sits in the midline) connected by the palatine aponeurosis connective tissue to the hard palate.
  • All lined by mucosa.



"The soft palate is able to function in two opposing ways"

What is meant by this statement?

The soft palate is able to:

  • Seal the nasal cavity during swallowing and coughing and suction actions by folding upwards


    Aid sealing the oral cavity to allow unimpeded breathing during chewing by folding downwards




What are the 5 muscles that support the structure of the soft palate and make it move?

Label them on the following diagram

  1. Tensor veli palatini
  2. Levator veli palatini
  3. Musculus uvulae
  4. Palatoglossus
  5. Palatopharyngeus 


What actions do each of the muscles have on the soft palate?


What other structure do they move?

Two muscles sit on the superior and lateral aspects of the soft palate and hence elevate it

  • Tensor veli palatini pulls the soft palate up (Cartilagenous auditory tube and surrounding bones eg sphenoid)
  • Levator veli palatini pulls the the soft palate up (Cartilagenous auditory tube and petrous temporal bone) 

Midline muscle: musculus uvulae is the muscle that all the others attach to 

Contraction pulls the soft palate downwards

  • Palatoglossus
  • Palatopharyngeus 


They also are involved with the auditory tube above and the pharynx below


What is the innervation of the muscles associated with the soft palate

All muscles innervated by pharyngeal branches of Vagus except for tensor veli palatini (CN V) 


What is Waldeyer's Ring?

Refers to all tonsilar tissue (coronal section has a complete ring of tissue guarding the oral cavity). 

  • Pharyngeal
  • Tubal
  • Palatine
  • Lingual