Maxillofacial Surgery Barcelona. Dr. Antonio Vázquez Rodríguez, maxilofacial surgeon and teacher.


Dr. Antonio Vázquez Rodríguez is one of the surgeons who have worked most in facial distraction in the recent years.

Currently he’s involved in some prestigious centers such as Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, Clínica Teknon and Clínica Nuestra Señora del Remei.

The goal of this surgery is to be able to grow the bones to obtain the maximum naturalness.

What is the mandibular distraction and what does it consist of?

It consists of lengthening the mandibular and maxillary bones, to correct very retracted jaws, maxillary defects, very small jaws and correct mandibular asymmetries.

It also allows to gain bone height as an implant preparation to obtain more natural teeth.

Anesthesia type and recovery time in a mandibular distraction intervention.

Local anesthesia with sedation or the general ambulatory one is applied in mandibular distraction interventions. Recovery time is around 48h.

From what age can a mandibular distraction intervention be performed?

IMDO (Intermolar Distraction Osteogenesis) can be corrected from the age of 11. It allows to correct small or retrognathic jaws, or II class ones.

In which cases the mandibular distraction is operated?

This type of intervention is performed when there are more than 4mm of difference. When the lower teeth are far behind the upper teeth, it can be treated from an early age. In adults, it’s performed if the distance is bigger than 6mm.


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