Mechanical influences on suture development and patency.

  title={Mechanical influences on suture development and patency.},
  author={Susan W. Herring},
  journal={Frontiers of oral biology},
In addition to their role in skull growth, sutures are sites of flexibility between the more rigid bones. Depending on the suture, predominant loading during life may be either tensile or compressive. Loads are transmitted across sutures via collagenous fibers and a fluid-rich extracellular matrix and can be quasi-static (growth of neighboring tissues) or intermittent (mastication). The mechanical properties of sutures, while always viscoelastic, are therefore quite different for tensile versus… CONTINUE READING