Distraction osteogenesis can be used to gradually correct jaw or facial bone abnormalities. This treatment can also be used as a substitute for bone grafting when patients are looking to restore bone after bone loss. Dr. Heiner can place a small device that will slowly separate your bone and make room for new bone to grow. We typically recommend this procedure for patients who cannot or do not want to undergo a more intensive bone graft surgical procedure. When you visit one of our offices in Las Cruces, Alamogordo, or Roswell, NM, Dr. Heiner can discuss your bone restoration options with you and help you decide if distraction osteogenesis is right for you.
How does the distraction osteogenesis procedure work?
The distraction osteogenesis treatment involves a few visits to our office. The initial appointment will be your consultation, where Dr. Heiner will examine you and then go over treatment and anesthesia options with you. Once your treatment plan has been established and you have chosen your preferred form of anesthesia, you will go home and return to our office later for your procedure.
The first procedure involves the placement of the distraction device in the area affected by bone loss. Dr. Heiner will carefully separate the bony segments that remain and make room for the device. Once the device has been placed into your jaw and your anesthesia has worn off, you will return home. As soon as the surgical site is healed, the device will be ready for use. This process usually takes about a week. In the following weeks or months, you will return to our office periodically for adjustments to the device. Each time Dr. Heiner adjusts the device, it will cause your bone to separate slowly and allow for new bone to grow in. Most patients report that the discomfort from this process is minimal and comparable to that of having braces tightened.
After the adjustment process is complete and the new bone has completely grown in, you will return to our office to have the distraction device removed. Distraction osteogenesis is best for patients who have low chances of developing an infection, good bone regeneration capabilities, and a desire to avoid a more extensive bone graft procedure. When you visit Dr. Heiner, he will help you decide if this is the right treatment to fit your needs.
The Benefits of a Distraction Osteogenesis Procedure
Distraction osteogenesis is a less invasive oral surgery that can reduce the amount of post-operative pain and swelling. In addition, Dr. Heiner can produce more stable and controlled treatment results. Distraction osteogenesis often eliminates the need for additional bone grafting procedures as well.
Distraction Osteogenesis at Oral & Facial Surgery of New Mexico
As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Heiner has undergone years of training in the full scope or oral surgery procedures. He is highly qualified to perform distraction osteogenesis in any one of our three convenient office locations. For more information about this treatment, please feel free to contact our practice. Our friendly staff will be happy to answer your questions or schedule you a consultation appointment.