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.