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Distraction Osteogenesis

A Bone Grafting Alternative to Grow New Bone

Distraction osteogenesis is a gradual method of altering the shape or size of bones. Our oral surgeons in Amarillo can use distraction osteogenesis to correct oral or facial defects and other bone conditions in a more controlled and gradual manner than other forms of treatment. This is also a great option to consider for patients who are not candidates for traditional bone grafting, as it can be used to grow new bone in the jaw.

Benefits of Distraction Osteogenesis

Distraction osteogenesis offers patients a variety of benefits over more traditional procedures for a similar condition:

  • Less pain and swelling than other procedures
  • Eliminates the need for extra bone grafting procedures
  • More stable, controlled results from treatment
  • Allows for bigger corrections in bone position compared to one surgical procedure, which reduces the need for future procedures

Distraction Osteogenesis Procedure

To put it simply, the goal of this procedure is to make a longer bone out of a shorter one. During your consultation appointment, we will take detailed 3D CBCT images of your facial structures to allow us to design a treatment plan that is specific to your needs. The distraction osteogenesis treatment process usually involves a surgical procedure and a period of gradual distraction (or separation) afterward. During the initial surgical procedure, your oral surgeon will separate the bony segments in need of alteration and insert the tiny distraction device.

Once the distraction device is ready (usually a week or so after the initial procedure) you will return to the oral surgeon for periodic adjustments to the device. These adjustments will slowly separate the segments of bone and allow new bone to grow in between. Most patients report that the discomfort associated with the adjustments to the device is comparable to that of having braces tightened. As with any procedure, we are happy to discuss your anesthesia and sedation options to ensure your comfort.

Once the adjustment phase is complete, there will be another procedure to remove the distraction device. During your first visit, your oral surgeon will be able to help you determine whether or not distraction osteogenesis is right for you.

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