One of our many specialties here at Pinnacle Oral Surgery Specialists is distraction osteogenesis. This is not a treatment option that very many people have heard of so we are here to clear up the air on an option that could theoretically help a great number of people. This treatment option pertains to the correction of certain deformities and skull/jaw defects. We have accumulated a small FAQ sheet for your browsing and education, but for more info, give us a call today, and we can answer any of your questions.
What is Distraction Osteogenesis?
Distraction osteogenesis is a method for the treatment of deformities of the jaw and skull that is relatively new and that not many people know about. Technically, it was first used in 1903, but in the mid 60’s became more of a widely-spread treatment option. It migrated to the maxillofacial spectrum in the 90’s, whereas it had been used over the human body prior. Technology and education have come a long way since then, and today it is a very safe and knowledgeable practice, and we are adept. The term itself refers to the slow process of moving two pieces of bone apart from each other and giving the body time to fill in the gap with new fresh bone.
Is it Complicated?
Surprisingly, no. This kind of surgery is typically considered an outpatient surgery that is much less invasive than a more traditional surgery may be for solving the same problems. You could go in, get it done, and then go home that very same day!
Does Insurance Cover it?
Many insurance companies will indeed cover the cost of distraction osteogenesis so long as there is documented patient need. Every insurance plan is different, and some people have individual bonuses on their plan that may assist them further, but our office will help you find out what we can do insurance-wise to make this all as painless as possible.
Does it Hurt?
Distraction osteogenesis is less painful than a traditional surgery to solve the same problem would be, and there is less swelling to boot. We work only in one place rather than having to open up a second area for retrieving materials for grafting. When it comes to moving two larger pieces a significant distance, we have more success because it is a more stable procedure than a traditional surgery as well.
Can it Replace a Bone Graft?
Yes! Our cutting-edge technology makes it to where we can grow bone that has succumbed to bone loss rather than having to take it from elsewhere.
This method leaves no scars and can be performed on any aged patient. Pinnacle Oral Surgery Specialists has years of experience making people just like you happier with their lives, confidence, and comfortability with their new and stronger faces. If you think that this may be a good opportunity for you, find out today if you are a candidate.