Patients whose jaw bones require additional height and width can choose to undergo distraction osteogenesis. Distraction osteogenesis is a method for gradually altering or growing bone; it is most prevalent among patients who are looking for a minimally invasive procedure and want to avoid extensive bone grafting.
Dr. Phillips and Dr. Ray have years of experience performing distraction osteogenesis to add bone to the jaw and repair jaw defects. If you have suffered from jaw bone loss or lack enough bone for your bite and teeth to develop correctly, this procedure may be perfect for you. Contact our office in Dallas, TX, to schedule a consultation appointment.
How will distraction osteogenesis help me?
We typically recommend distraction osteogenesis for children or teens who need assistance developing a healthy bite and alignment. If the jaws are not growing correctly, distraction osteogenesis can help expand the bone or palate to accommodate proper tooth growth and prevent severe misalignment. There are many benefits of choosing this procedure over more traditional surgeries, including
- Less swelling and pain during recovery
- More gradual and controlled process of altering bone
- Fewer surgical sites than with bone grafting
- No visible scars from surgery
- Uses your bone rather than outsourcing bone from a tissue bank
Patients of all ages can undergo distraction osteogenesis, though the procedure is not a perfect fit for everyone. It’s important to attend a consultation at our office so our doctors can determine the best treatment for your condition.
The Distraction Osteogenesis Procedure
Distraction osteogenesis is designed to slowly separate portions of your existing bone to create room for new bone growth. The procedure is simple and involves your oral surgeon placing a small device into the jaw bone where you require alteration. A small piece of the device will rest on the gums, and you will come back to our office periodically for small adjustments as the new bone begins growing. As soon as your jaw bone has increased to the intended height and width, you will come back one last time to have the device removed.
Distraction Osteogenesis in Dallas, TX
If you’re interested in undergoing distraction osteogenesis or you’d just like to hear more about the procedure, please contact our office in Dallas, TX. Our staff can answer your questions or schedule an appointment for you to speak with one of our expert oral surgeons.