Distraction Osteogenesis

Distraction osteogenesis was initially used to treat defects of the oral and facial skeleton in 1990. Since then, surgical and technological advances made in the field of distraction osteogenesis have provided oral and maxillofacial surgeons with a safe and predictable method to treat selected deformities of the oral and facial skeleton.

Distraction osteogenesis means to slowly move two bony segments apart in such a manner that new bone is allowed to fill in the gap created by the separating bony segments. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have developed a wide variety of devices to apply distraction osteogenesis to treat selected deformities and defects of the facial and oral skeleton.