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Mandibular distraction osteogenesis in children.

Research paper by Ramon L RL Ruiz, Timothy A TA Turvey, Bernard J BJ Costello

Indexed on: 20 Dec '07Published on: 20 Dec '07Published in: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America



Abstract

Distraction osteogenesis is currently considered a useful treatment option for the correction of specific facial skeletal deformities. Although it is apparent that distraction may have significant potential and broader application in the management of maxillofacial problems, very few comprehensive scientific data exist, making it difficult to describe its exact role in the reconstructive oral and maxillofacial surgeon's armamentarium. This article reviews the biological basis for distraction osteogenesis, potential applications, and current surgical approaches for mandibular distraction in children.