Distraction osteogenesis has become an acceptable
and reliable method for mandibular lengthening.
This article will describe the surgical technique and
orthodontic management of distraction osteogenesis
in two orthognathic surgery cases.
The concept of «floating bone» will be introduced
together with the recommendation that, in contrast
to the now standard procedure of distractor removal
6-8 weeks after full distraction, the distractors be
electively removed two to three weeks after full
distraction to facilitate the achievement of quality
dental and facial results.
(Rev Esp Ortod. 1999;29(4):289-302)