Distraction osteogenesis is a method of correcting jaw and facial bone abnormality. The procedure involves the gradual movement and growth of the bone using a small distraction device. Distraction osteogenesis can also be used to restore lost bone in certain cases of bone loss or facial injury. The technique is used in treatment for a variety of bone problems, including orthognathic surgery and other procedures. Drs. Rick Edwards, Carl Johnson, Ben Johnson, and Michael Johnson are very experienced in this bone augmentation technique.
Benefits of Distraction Osteogenesis
Distraction osteogenesis allows for the gradual movement of the bone, which can lead to more controlled and precise results. Additionally, the procedure can minimize the need for extensive bone grafting procedures. Since the procedure is minimally invasive and the movements of the bone are so gradual, distraction osteogenesis can minimize post-surgical swelling and discomfort. Distraction osteogenesis is also useful for increasing the amount of bone available for dental implant placement.
How does distraction osteogenesis work?
Distraction osteogenesis typically involves the slow separation of bone tissue to allow the bone to grow in the newly created space. The process is usually performed to increase the width, height, or shape of one or more facial bones.
During the procedure, your oral surgeon will insert the distraction device into the bone segments that require augmentation. Distraction osteogenesis is typically an outpatient procedure, and patients undergo anesthesia so that they feel no pain during surgery.
After the initial procedure, the patient will return to the office for examinations to ensure that the surgical site has healed and there are no signs of infection. Once the initial healing period is complete, the patient will return to the office at regular intervals to make adjustments to the distraction device. Most patients report that the discomfort associated with the distraction device is similar to having braces tightened, and any pain usually fades shortly after the adjustment.
We offer distraction osteogenesis procedures at our four convenient locations in Auburn, WA, Federal Way, WA, Renton, WA, and Maple Valley, WA.
Our oral surgeons are highly qualified to perform distraction osteogenesis procedures as a part of a larger treatment plan for your oral and facial healthcare needs. Whether you need distraction osteogenesis to correct a facial condition, to prepare the mouth for dental implants, or as part of an orthognathic surgery treatment plan, our oral surgeons will cater your treatment to your specific needs. Contact our office today for more information or to schedule a consultation appointment.