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What does the oral cavity continue into?

The oropharynx posteriorly at the palatoglossal arch. 


What are the muscles of mastication? What are they innervated by?

  • Temporalis, masseter
  • Lateral and medial pterygoids
  • Innervated by CN V3 (mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve)


What movements does the temporomandibular joint allow?

The TMJ allows movement of the mandible relative to the rest of the skull.

  • Hinge, gliding, side-to-side movements
  • Elevation/depression (close/open jaw), protrusion/retraction, ab/adduction of mandible (side to side grinding)


Describe the different types of dentition

Permanent (32 teeth): 4 quadrants, with eight teeth in each quadrant

  • 2 incisors
  • 1 canine/cuspid
  • 2 premolars/bicuspids
  • 3 molars 

Primary (deciduous; 20 teeth): 4 quadrants, with 5 teeth in each

  • 2 incisors,
  • 1 canine,
  • 2 molars


Intrinsic muscles of the tongue

Longitudinal, transverse and vertical (change the shape of the tongue)


Salivary glands 

  • Parotid
  • Submandibular
  • Sublingual
  • Many small intrinsic


Functions of pharynx and oesophagus

  1. Swallowing and propulsion of food to stomach
  2. Pharynx also a part of upper respiratory tract for breathing
  3. Secretions (mucous) to protect mucosa
  4. Upper and lower  oesophageal sphincters - limit air entering oesophagus and reflux of stomach contents 


Components of the pharynx

  1. Nasopharynx
  2. Oropharynx
  3. Laryngopharynx


What vertebral levels does the pharynx run across?

Base of the skull to C6/C7 vertebral level


Innervation of the pharynx

Sensory innervation mostly by CN IX (glossopharyngeal nerve) and CN X (vagus nerve)


Muscles of the pharynx

  • Superior, middle and inferior pharyngeal constrictors. Inferior constictor includes cricopharyngeus (upper oesophageal sphincter, UOS or UES)
  • Palatopharyngeus

All are innervated by CN X (vagus nerve) except for the stylopharyngeus which is innervated by CN IX (glossopharyngeal n). 


Muscles of the soft palate

  • Levator veli palatini and tensor veli palatini - elevate the palate duirng swallowing to prevent food moving into nasopharynx. 
  • Palatoglossus, palatopharyngeus - depress the palate and narrow opening to oropharynx - allow chewing an dbreathing simultaneously. 

All are innervated by the vagus nerve (CNX) except tensor veli palatini, by V3


Innervation of the oesophagus

CN X (vagus n)


What are the anatomical relationships of the oesophagus in the superior mediastinum?

In the superior mediastinum the oesophagus is anterior to the thoracic vertebrae, and posterior to the trachea. 


What are the anatomic relationships of the oesophagus in the posterior mediastinum?

Posterior to the oesophagus, the thoracic duct is on the right side inferiorly, but crosses to the left more superiorly. Also on the left side of the oesophagus is the thoracic aorta.

Anterior to the oesophagus, below the level of the tracheal bifurcation, are the right pulmonary artery and the left main bronchus. The oesophagus then passes immediately posteriorly to the left atrium, separated from it only by pericardium. Inferior to the left atrium, the oesophagus is related to the diaphragm.

Structures other than the thoracic duct posterior to the oesophagus include portions of the hemiazygous veins, the right posterior intercostal vessels, and near the diaphragm, the thoracic aorta. 


What controls swallowing?

Swallowing is initiated voluntarily. 

The pharyngeal and oesophageal phases are controlled automatically by somatic and autonomic neurons. 


What are the phases of swallowing?

  1. Pharyngeal phase
  2. Oesophageal phase



Describe the pharyngeal phase of swallowing

  1. Soft palate elevates to close off nasopharynx
  2. Elevation and anteiror movement of hyoid bone and larynx (suprahyoid mm) opens laryngopharynx
  3. Elevation of the pharynx by stylopharyngeus, palatopharyngeus
  4. Larynx protected by contraction of muscles around largeal inlet to narrow the inlet, and epiglottis pulled posteriorly by the aryepiglotic muscle and the tyroepigloti muscle.
  5. The vocal and vestibular folds are adducted by the lateral cricoarytenoid and transverse arytenoid muscles. 
  6. A wave of relaxation and contraction of pharyngeal constrictions from superior to inferior moves the bolus inferiorly. 
  7. The UOS relaxes to allow the bolus to enter the 



Describe the control of swallowing

  • The bolus contacting the soft palate an doropharynx initiates the swallowing reflex
  • Afferents: CN V, IX, X
  • Swallowing centre in medulla coordinates motor neurons in the pons, medulla and upper cervical spinal cord. 


Describe what happens in the oesophageal phase of swallowing

  1. A wave of peristalsis (contraction, relaxation) propels the bolus from superior to inferior, to the stomach. This is controlled via the swallowing centre and locallyv ia the enteric nervous system. 
  2. UOS, LOS tonically contracted; relax to let bolus pass
  3. A second wave of peristalsis may occur if some material remains in oesophagus (local reflex)


Describe oesophageal pressures

The pressure in the UOS is much higher than that in the LOS (60mmHg compared to 20-40 mmHg). Between the UOS and LOS, there is subatmospheric (intrathoracic) pressure at rest. Peristaltic wave proceeds at 2-6 cm/sec (varies depending on consistency of bolus).