How Can A Low Jaw Angle Be Raised?

Q: Dr. Eppley, The marked part of my chin is too long in the downward direction. Is there a chin implant that can show this part higher? or can this jawbone be filed from below.Is there an implant to cut the bone or show it higher?

A:Thank you for your inquiry and sending your picture. What you are referring to by your marked picture is a low prominent jaw angle…even though you refer to chin in your description. I assume this is a translation issue/error. The low jaw angle can be treated by two different jaw angle reduction approaches. The first is to reduce it by cutting the bone if the goal is to make it less visible. Whether this is better to be done from an intraoral or external approach can be debated. The other approach is to burr it down slightly and place a widening jaw angle implant above it which is done completely intraoral. Which approach is best depends on the exact aesthetic jaw angle result one finds looks best to them.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana