Simultaneous Alveolar Cleft Closure and Dental Midline Correction With Curvilinear Intraoral Distraction

Erverdi A. N., Yilmaz B., Motro M., GÖZNELİ R., Ugurlu K.

CLEFT PALATE-CRANIOFACIAL JOURNAL, vol.51, no.3, pp.344-349, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1597/12-279
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.344-349
  • Bezmialem Vakıf University Affiliated: Yes


This article describes a new method that enables vector control during alveolar distraction osteogenesis in the treatment of a cleft palate patient. The patient presented with unilateral complete cleft lip and palate, and the alveolar part of the defect was covered by a mobile buccal flap. The distraction was performed by sliding the surgically released tooth segment with the help of an intraoral distractor over 1.5-mm stainless steel archwires held by metal crowns. This vector-controlled method enabled new bone and attached gingiva formation in harmony with the proper alveolar shape.