Distraction osteogenesis is an alternative to bone grafting and builds new bone to create a solid foundation for dental implants. An incredible benefit of distraction osteogenesis is that it does not require a second surgical site to harvest bone graft material and leaves no scars behind—only healthy, new bone that provides superior dental implant outcomes.
Dr. Salin, Dr. Weiner, Dr. Semanoff, and Dr. Nack perform distraction osteogenesis in Feasterville, Newtown, and Jenkintown, PA, and will design a custom treatment plan based on your specific oral health needs. Contact Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implants today for a consultation with our board-certified oral surgeons and to begin your journey to a healthier, more confident smile.
How Does Distraction Osteogenesis Work?
Distraction osteogenesis essentially means separating, or distracting, two segments of bone so that new bone can grow in the open space. We may recommend distraction osteogenesis to treat jaw bone loss as an alternative to bone grafting procedures. Instead of using a bone graft, this treatment triggers the formation of new bone by slowly separating your existing bone.
Once new bone has formed in the jaw, it will provide a sturdy foundation for dental implants. Our oral surgeons are experienced surgical experts and will make all incisions for this procedure inside the mouth, resulting in no visible scars.
Distraction Osteogenesis Procedure: What to Expect
Using 3D scans of your mouth and face, our team will assess your facial bones and determine where to insert the distraction device. We perform this procedure under general anesthesia, so you will not feel any pain during surgery.
During the procedure, your oral surgeon will make incisions inside the mouth to insert the device into the facial bone. Most patients go home the same day as surgery. You can expect to return to our office in the week following the procedure so that we can inspect the device and monitor healing.
We will instruct you on how often to expand the device at home. As the device expands, your body will create new bone tissue to fill in the open space. After adequate bone growth is achieved, your surgeon will remove the device.
Distraction osteogenesis is not painful and is suitable for patients of all ages. Many patients compare the sensation to the feeling of having braces tightened.
Distraction Osteogenesis in Feasterville, Newtown, and Jenkintown, PA
Distraction osteogenesis is a safe and effective way to treat bone loss and has helped many patients improve jaw bone health. To learn more about distraction osteogenesis and receive your customized oral surgery treatment plan, contact Innovative Oral Surgery & Dental Implants today in Feasterville, Newtown, or Jenkintown, PA.
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