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Distraction osteogenesis for reconstruction of the maxilla and mandible, the Nottingham experience

      Introduction: Distraction osteogenesis (DO) is a technique that has been used in maxillofacial surgery for over 30 years. However, its use to reconstruct large defects of the maxilla and mandible is not widely described. It provides an alternative to other reconstructive techniques such as vascularised free tissue transfer, alloplasts, allogenic grafts, and non-vascularised grafts. It is unique in that it provides true “like-for-like” soft tissue reconstruction to facilitate easier dental rehabilitation.
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