Can I Have A Chin Implant And Wisdom Teeth Removed At The Same Time?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I would like to have a chin implant to add length to the lower half of my face. However, I am 21 years old and have partially erupted wisdom teeth that I have neglected to have removed for several years. Is it necessary to have them removed before getting a chin implant?

A: The only thing that a chin implant and wisdom teeth have in common is that both occur on the mandible or the lower jaw. But beyond being on the same bone, there is no correlation between the two. The wisdom teeth or third molars are located at the junction of the body and ramus of the mandible at the back. A chin implant is done on the symphysis or front part of the lower jaw. One does not affect the other. However, if you need both done it would be most convenient that they are done during the same surgery. I have done that combination numerous times. The key to this surgical ‘opportunity’ is to find a surgeon who is qualified to perform both procedures.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana