Mandibular Distraction – Maxillofacial Surgery


July 6, 2022

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Mandibular distraction is a modern surgical procedure used to lengthen the mandibular. This is a relatively new technique, aimed at patients with mandibular hypoplasia. It requires a specialized surgical procedure to attach distractors, one on each side of the jaw bone.

This procedure has revolutionized the management of defects in the specialized area of ​​maxillofacial surgery. In addition, as time has progressed, the techniques and results of this surgery have become hugely successful. This surgery is now a widely accepted intervention.


Manibular distraction is a complex surgical intervention that allows for the creation of new bone in the maxillofacial area.

It consists of using incisions to cut the jawbone into two segments. Devices called distractors are placed in that area, which serve to widen and increase projection. The distractors allow for the progressive separation of the bone fragments. Therefore, this generates the creation of new bone.

In addition, the distractors not only allow for the successful growth of bone. It also allows for the muscles and soft tissues of the face to adapt and grow in the treated area.

As a result, the posterior position of the tongue is corrected and airway obstruction is relieved in patients with mandibular hypoplasia.

Thanks to mandibular distraction surgery, patients with mandibular hypoplasia can correct this malformation and align their bite. Naturally, the function of the jaw is corrected, and facial aesthetics are massively improved.


It is mainly focused on patients with mandibular hypoplasia. This is a bone malformation in which the lower jaw is underdeveloped. This means the size of it is too small. As a consequence, deformations, alterations in the occlusion and obstruction of the airway originate and cause issues for the patient.

On the other hand, the first step is to see a specialist in maxillofacial surgery. Happily, there are a number of interventions that could work in these cases. Dr Alfredo Zuiko is our specialist in maxillofacial surgeries and is who determines which is the ideal procedure, according to the characteristics of the patient.

Dr Alfredo Zuiko

In our clinic, Dr. Alfredo Zuiko is the one who will attend you and evaluate you in detail to achieve the best results.


You will feel discomfort after the surgery. This is completely normal and to be expected. However, you will be prescribed antibiotics and painkillers to assist with this.

Mandibular distraction does not only consist of surgery, but it is a process that the distractors will work progressively, over time. For this reason, it is important to attend regular postoperative control and check-up appointments. It is imperative that Dr. Zuiko can evaluate the evolution as the treatment progresses as time passes.

The distractors will be removed when Dr. Zuiko confirms that the quantity and quality of the newly formed bone is ideal and well-integrated.

Finally, treatment time varies according to the evolution of each patient.


Maxillofacial surgery is complex and requires special analysis. If you think you need a mandibular distraction surgery, please contact us.

We are also on WhatsApp for additional information or to schedule an appointment.


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