Muscle Anatomy of the Buccinator Muscle

Origin: The maxilla, the mandible, and deep to the mandible, along the pterygomandibular raphe.

Insertion: Attaches to the orbicularis oris and the fibers from the deep portion of the lips

Actions: Compresses the cheek

Innervation: Buccal branch of the facial nerve (cranial nerve VII)

Blood Supply: Branches from the facial artery

Buccinator Muscle

Information about the cause and effect of buccinator pain:

Buccinator Muscle Pain

Buccinator Muscle Actions

Primary Actions of the Buccinator

Compression of the cheek


Recommended Beginner Anatomy Books

The Anatomy Coloring Book is one of the best study and reference books for beginning anatomy students. The diagrams are clearly labeled and allow you to see the relationship and placement of the various structures of the body.

The Trail Guide To The Body is another excellent book to help you learn the musculature of the human body. Though the book is geared toward massage therapists and physical therapist assistants, the book with its illustrations and text helps anyone gain a thorough understanding of the human musculoskeletal system and movement. I highly recommend this book for anyone studying anatomy.


Donna Martin

Massage Therapist Owner: Twelve years of experience working with clients with chronic pain, post injury pain, and post surgery pain. Muscle dysfunction is often overlooked but can hold the key to many pain conditions.

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