Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


Allied Health

Document Type



There are multiple treatment options available to initiate bone growth within the oral cavity. Distraction osteogenesis is a surgical dental procedure performed to initiate new bone growth in the maxillofacial region. This procedure is an important advancement to dental professionals because of the minimal complications and great outcome of bone growth it offers. As dentistry is always evolving, it is imperative to relay current trends to other professionals within the field of dentistry. The goal of this research was to analyze the regionalized awareness of distraction osteogenesis. A survey was conducted among dentists in Kentucky and Tennessee with multiple questions to determine their knowledge and use of distraction osteogenesis. As a dental hygienist, it is important to be aware of these various procedures to provide current treatment options and inform each individual patient based on his/her particular needs. The survey sent to dentists in Tennessee and Kentucky provided vital information on the awareness of distraction osteogenesis. Results show that dentists are aware of the procedure although it is not an often-used technique.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Joseph Evans


Dental Hygiene | Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery