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Distraction Osteogenesis


Dental asistant shouwing x-ray to patient

What Is Distraction Osteogenesis?


Distraction osteogenesis is a facial reconstruction method to pull existing bone apart. Instead of forcibly inserting a vacancy and filling it with other bone segments (bone graft), a distraction osteogenesis procedure uses a tool to draw two pieces of bone away from each other. New bone grows in the resulting gap, which lengthens the bone to guide facial development with minimal discomfort.

When to Get Distraction Osteogenesis


Distraction osteogenesis treats deformities of the oral and facial skeleton to prepare your alveolar bone for dental implants. A distraction appliance can also be used to generate bone if you suffer any of the following impairments:
•  Breathing difficulties
•  Sunken cheekbones and eyes sockets
•  Misaligned jaw

Our experts at Nevada Oral and Facial Surgery can use 3D imaging to plot where to move your bones so that you experience a painless, predictable procedure.

Benefits of Distraction Osteogenesis


To rebuild a smile, dental implants can be attached to bone to mimic the appearance of missing teeth. But the implants need a sturdy structure to take hold. So first, any defects in oral and facial bone formation will have to be corrected. Bone regeneration can repair a lack of strong bone material. You can then proceed with artificial teeth implants to restore a beautiful, healthy smile.



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