Mandibular lengthening

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Mandibular lengthening, also known as jaw lengthening surgery, is a surgical procedure aimed at increasing the length of the lower jawbone to correct conditions such as micrognathia (underdeveloped lower jaw) or mandibular hypoplasia (small lower jaw). This innovative surgical technique involves gradually lengthening the jawbone using specialized devices known as distractors, which stimulate new bone formation and allow for the gradual expansion of the mandible. Mandibular lengthening surgery offers a transformative solution for individuals with jaw deformities or facial asymmetry, improving both aesthetic appearance and functional alignment of the lower jaw.

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Mandibular lengthening Procedures

The mandibular lengthening procedure typically involves the following steps:
1. Pre-Surgical Evaluation

The patient undergoes a comprehensive evaluation, including dental and facial imaging, to assess the severity of the jaw deformity and plan the surgical approach.

2. Anesthesia

Mandibular lengthening surgery is performed under general anesthesia to ensure the patient's comfort and safety throughout the procedure.

3. Surgical Incisions

The oral and maxillofacial surgeon makes incisions inside the mouth to access the lower jawbone without visible external scars.

4. Osteotomy

Using precise surgical instruments, the surgeon carefully cuts the lower jawbone (mandible) to create a controlled fracture line.

5. Placement of Distractors

Specialized distraction devices, known as distractors, are surgically inserted into the mandible on both sides of the jawbone.

6. Distraction Process

Following a latency period to allow for initial bone healing, the distractors are gradually activated using a screw-like mechanism to slowly separate the bone segments and stimulate new bone formation.

07. Monitoring and Adjustment

Throughout the distraction phase, the patient undergoes regular follow-up appointments to monitor bone healing and adjust the distractors as needed to achieve the desired lengthening of the mandible.

08. Consolidation Phase

Once the desired lengthening is achieved, the distractors are left in place for a period of consolidation to allow the newly formed bone to mature and strengthen.

9. Removal of Distractors

After the consolidation phase, the distractors are removed surgically under general anesthesia, and any residual bone irregularities are corrected.

10. Postoperative Care

Following surgery, patients require a period of recovery and rehabilitation, during which they may experience temporary swelling, discomfort, and dietary restrictions. Close monitoring and follow-up care are essential to ensure optimal healing and long-term outcomes.

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Mandibular lengthening

Benefits:

Mandibular lengthening surgery offers several benefits, including:

  • Correction of Jaw Deformities: Mandibular lengthening surgery effectively corrects underdeveloped or hypoplastic lower jaws, improving facial symmetry and harmony.
  • Enhanced Facial Aesthetics: By increasing the length of the lower jawbone, mandibular lengthening surgery can enhance the overall appearance of the face, including the profile and balance of facial features.
  • Improved Bite Function: Lengthening the lower jawbone can improve bite alignment, chewing efficiency, and speech clarity, enhancing overall oral function and quality of life.
  • Personalized Treatment: Mandibular lengthening surgery is tailored to each patient’s unique anatomical needs and treatment goals, allowing for customized correction of jaw deformities and facial asymmetry.
  • Long-Term Stability: Mandibular lengthening surgery provides durable and stable results, with the corrected jaw position maintained over time, leading to improved oral health and self-confidence.

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Risks

While mandibular lengthening surgery offers significant benefits, it also carries certain risks and considerations, including:

  • Surgical Complications: As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of complications such as infection, bleeding, nerve injury, and malunion (improper bone healing).
  • Device-related Issues: Distractors may experience mechanical failure or displacement, requiring surgical intervention to address and maintain the lengthening process.
  • Soft Tissue Changes: Lengthening the lower jawbone may result in changes to the surrounding soft tissues, including the lips, cheeks, and chin, which may require additional surgical procedures for optimal aesthetic outcomes.
  • Orthodontic Treatment: Mandibular lengthening surgery often requires preoperative and postoperative orthodontic treatment to achieve optimal alignment of the teeth and jaws, which may prolong the overall treatment process.
  • Recovery Period: Patients undergoing mandibular lengthening surgery require a period of recovery and rehabilitation, during which they may experience temporary discomfort, swelling, and dietary restrictions. Close monitoring and adherence to postoperative care instructions are essential for successful outcomes.

Why Get Dental Treatment of Mandibular lengthening at Dentiva Clinic?

Dentiva Clinic is a leading provider of mandibular lengthening surgery, offering advanced surgical techniques and personalized care to achieve optimal outcomes. Here’s why patients choose Dentiva Clinic for their mandibular lengthening surgery needs:
Experienced Surgeons

Our team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons specializes in mandibular lengthening surgery and has extensive experience performing complex craniofacial procedures with precision and expertise.

Comprehensive Evaluation

We conduct thorough preoperative assessments, including dental and facial imaging, to develop personalized treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique anatomical features and treatment goals.

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Dentiva Clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art surgical suites and advanced imaging technology to ensure safe, efficient, and minimally invasive surgical procedures.

Multidisciplinary Approach

Our clinic employs a multidisciplinary approach to mandibular lengthening surgery, collaborating closely with orthodontists, speech therapists, and other experts to address all aspects of patient care and optimize treatment outcomes.

Patient-Centered Care

At Dentiva Clinic, we prioritize patient comfort, safety, and satisfaction, providing compassionate support and guidance throughout every step of the treatment journey, from initial consultation to postoperative care and follow-up.

Frequently asked questions
and their answers

Mandibular lengthening surgery is a procedure to lengthen or extend the lower jaw using bone graft or distraction osteogenesis.

It is used for those with short lower jaw causing issues like sleep apnea, underbites, lack of chin projection, or an unbalanced facial profile.

This surgery can increase chin projection, correct underbites, expand the airway for improved breathing and sleep apnea and balance facial proportions.

A bone graft can longitudinally expand the lower jaw. Distraction osteogenesis gradually lengthens the jaw after an osteotomy using fixation devices.

There is moderate pain during the recovery period that is managed with medication. Distraction devices may cause discomfort while lengthening the jaw.

Swelling and stiffness peaks after 3-5 days. The diet is limited to soft foods for 4-6 weeks. Normal activity can often resume after 2 weeks. Total healing takes 2-3 months.

Risks include nerve damage, infection, bleeding, relapse, bite problems, and issues with distraction devices. An experienced surgeon reduces risks through careful treatment planning.

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