Dr. Starhan, asks,
I have recently been reading up on Alveolar Distraction Osteogenesis and I’m interested in getting feedback from practitioners about their experiences with this technique.
Specifically, in which cases should distraction be used? What kinds of complications have you encountered? Has the procedure improved your esthetics? Any other practical information you can provide about the technique, would be appreciated. Thanks.
OsseoNews Editor’s Note: Alveolar distraction osteogenesis is a novel approach to alveolar augmentation. The method offers the potential for increasing alveolar bone height and width while avoiding many of the risks associated with bone grafting. This technique has been used under special circumstances in patients whose options are limited, but ongoing clinical studies show promise for much wider application.