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Jaw Bone Distractor
A Jaw bone distractor is a medical equipment or an apparatus that is used to correct jaw bone defects. It is usually fitted in the jaw to allow for natural bone regeneration as part of bone reconstruction. For instance, this video demonstrates the function of a distractor in an alveolar ridge lying lower than the neighbouring teeth. In such a case, jaw regeneration cannot be brought about immediately and also bone implants cannot be utilized to bring about jaw reconstruction effectively. If an implant is to be placed and the surrounding tissue in the jaw is to be sutured above the implant, it poses problems such as requiring saliva-proof and tight sealing of the implant. Instead, jaw regeneration is brought about by fitting the distractor in the lower jaw. It is fitted with an adjustable screw that the patient can turn once each day from the eleventh day after surgery. This helps the process of building up bone by allowing the newly formed bone grow further as the distractor is pulled upwards in a gradual manner. Finally, once the bone regeneration has reached an optimum level that is suitable to support a bone impant, the distractor , attaching screws and the entire setup is removed from the jaw. Hence, jaw bone regeneration is brought about more naturally without having to have permanent fixtures within the jaw. Watch this video to know all about the jaw bone distractor, why it is preferred, how it is fitted and how it should be used by the patient.
Produced: 06/2011
Not so crazy todd7901, This was actually first used in long bones orthopedically and loosely based on the Ilizarov device, an external distractor. Now things are more advanced, despite the appearance of shop tools ;-) But tools are tools right, and I still have fun, whether operating on a patient or restoring a house. -Steven Koos DDS,MD
Posted: 10 years ago