Flavio Munoz, 23, of Tampico, Mexico, got a "new face" last spring, thanks to his persistence, the Internet, and the skills of Dr. Stuart Super, associate professor of surgical sciences (oral and maxillofacial surgery) and director of the Dr. Stuart and Tibby Super Center for Dentofacial Deformities and Corrective Jaw Surgery.
Distraction osteogenesis (DO) is a major surgical technique that promotes new bone formation. It was first developed in the long bones and has now been applied to the facial bones. McCarthy et al. were the first to apply the procedure to the human mandible.