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Objective: To assess the utility of distraction osteogenesis (DO) when applied to closure of a hard palate cleft in dogs. Methods: A midline hard palate cleft was created in 10 mature dogs. Two were controls and had no distraction; the other 8 dogs underwent osteotomies with installation of customized DO devices to the hard palate. After a 10-day latency, distraction commenced at 1 mm/d. After a 14-day consolidation period, the device was removed and the mucosa closed. Each dog was injecteddoi:10.1001/archfaci.7.6.398 pmid:16301460 fatcat:7kxzuyxq2naprdgfwejlktk3gy