Simultaneous maxillary and mandibular distraction osteogenesis with a semiburied device

Int J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1999 Feb;28(1):2-8.


Distraction osteogenesis is a technique utilizing natural healing mechanisms to generate new bone; it is commonly used to lengthen the hypoplastic mandible. Distraction of the maxilla and mandible as a unit is an obvious extension of the technique. We describe the application of a semiburied distractor to simultaneously lengthen the mandible and maxilla and level a canted occlusal plane in three cases. The indications for bimaxillary distraction are reviewed, including its advantages, disadvantages and limitations.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Facial Asymmetry / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mandibulofacial Dysostosis / surgery*
  • Microstomia / surgery
  • Oral Surgical Procedures / instrumentation
  • Oral Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Orthognathic Surgical Procedures*
  • Orthopedic Fixation Devices
  • Osteogenesis, Distraction / instrumentation*
  • Osteogenesis, Distraction / methods*