Journal Article

Sutural growth of the upper face studied by the implant method

Arne Björk

in The European Journal of Orthodontics

Published on behalf of European Orthodontics Society

Volume 29, issue suppl_1, pages i82-i88
Published in print April 2007 | ISSN: 0141-5387
Published online April 2007 | e-ISSN: 1460-2210 | DOI:
Sutural growth of the upper face studied by the implant method

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An account is given of the technique of inserting metallic implants in the maxilla for radiographic study of growth. The mode of growth of the maxilla as disclosed by this method is outlined. The direction of sutural growth of the upper face in the sagittal plane is analysed and observations on the rate of the sutural growth and its periodic variations in a group of boys are reported. A pre-puberal minimum rate of sutural growth occurred at 11½ years and a puberal maximum at about 14 years. These times correspond to those for the mandibular growth at the condyles but were a few months later than for the growth in body height. The sutural growth ceased at 17 years – that is, on an average about 2 years earlier than the condylar growth and growth in body height.

Journal Article.  3568 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Restorative Dentistry and Orthodontics

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