Distraction osteogenesis is a gradual method of altering the shape and size of bones. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons can perform distraction osteogenesis procedures to help repair jaw defects or add bone to the jaw in areas that are lacking. Contact one of our offices in New Brunswick, NJ, East Brunswick, NJ, and Middlesex, NJ, to learn more or to schedule a consultation.
How Distraction Osteogenesis Works
Distraction osteogenesis involves the slow, gradual separation of tiny portions of bone to allow new bone to grow. Oral surgeons often use this method to alter jaw bones as an alternative to surgery. The process works by surgically placing a small device into the area of bone that requires alteration. Part of the tiny device will rest on top of the gums, allowing periodic adjustments to be made to the bone beneath. Some patients worry that these adjustments will be painful, but most find that the level of discomfort is similar to that of having braces tightened — a little soreness immediately after an adjustment that fades in a day or so.
Benefits of Distraction Osteogenesis
Distraction osteogenesis offers many benefits over more traditional surgeries for similar conditions. Some of the benefits for patients include
- Less swelling and pain than more traditional procedures
- A more controlled method of altering the shape of the bones in the face and jaw
- No need for bone grafts, which means fewer surgical sites
- No visible scars from surgery (the device is placed inside the mouth)
- Uses your own bone — no need for tissue bank
While patients of all ages can usually undergo distraction osteogenesis, the procedure isn’t for everyone. Patients who are more prone to infections and other complications may need other forms of treatment.
Distraction Osteogenesis at Oral Surgery Group
If you are interested in distraction osteogenesis, contact one of our offices in New Brunswick, NJ, East Brunswick, NJ, and Middlesex, NJ, to learn more about the procedure or schedule an appointment today. One of our staff members will be happy to help you.