Learning Modules - Medical Gross Anatomy
Introduction to Joints - Page 6 of 22


Fibrous Joints - Gomphoses

Gomphoses are another type of fibrous joint. They are the type of joint that anchors the teeth in the alveolar processes (sockets) of the mandible and the maxilla. These joints are amphiarthroses (slightly moveable), although the normal movement of this joint is not what we consider a "loose tooth". Gomphoses (even in adult teeth) allow microscopic movements that allow us to sense how hard we are biting and if we have food stuck in our teeth.

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