Distraction osteogenesis (DO) is a gradual, predictable way of treating skeletal defects and disharmonies. Originally used for treating problems in the legs, the DO process has been refined to correct problems in the jaws and facial bones. Our oral surgeons can use distraction osteogenesis to help jaw patients at our offices is Los Angeles, CA, and Bakersfield, CA.
Distraction osteogenesis works by slowly separating bony segments and allowing new bone to grow in between them. The bone is separated using a tiny distraction device, which allows your doctor to control the exact amount of movement and new bone growth that occurs. Usually, oral surgeons use distraction osteogenesis to repair facial abnormalities or increase the amount of bone in the jaw.
Benefits of Distraction Osteogenesis
Distraction osteogenesis offers many benefits over more traditional forms of surgery and bone alteration:
- Less pain and swelling than traditional procedures for the same condition
- No scars or incisions made outside the mouth
- Slower, more controlled movement of bone
- Can be done with patients of all ages
The DO Process
The treatment process typically involves one procedure to place the device, periodic adjustments to the device, and another minor procedure to remove the device once the bone movement is complete. Some patients worry that the movements or adjustments to the device will be very painful, but most patients find the discomfort comparable to having braces tightened.
Patients will have to visit the office multiple times during the distraction osteogenesis process to ensure that the device is working properly. During these visits, your surgeon will also look for any signs of infection. Patients who are more prone to infections may not be good candidates for DO, but your oral surgeon will thoroughly review your condition before helping you choose a treatment option.
Distraction Osteogenesis at Los Angeles Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Our practice offers the full scope of oral surgery services at our offices in Los Angeles, CA, and Bakersfield, CA. If you need treatment for jaw problems, our staff may be able to help. We specialize in a variety of jaw and facial procedures, including distraction osteogenesis. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons. Our surgeons will fully evaluate your condition before presenting all your treatment options, allowing you to make an educated decision about your health care.