Jaw Angle Implant

Q: Dr. Eppley,  I’m looking to have an angle jaw implant procedure done this summer. I However am not interested in adding too much width nor am I looking to add any length (Nothing vertical length). My goal is to gain some width but mainly I’d like to get a sharp (not round angle like) from the front as well as profile, Brat Pitts Jaw sort of thing but less wider and more natural looking. I was thinking about the lateral angle jaw angel implant until I came across this new implant on implanttech the other day that looks very promising in terms of what I’m looking for which is adding some width as well as a sharp/chiseled angle. It’s called Conform™ Mandibular Angle implant, On the description it states that it’s Evolved from years of feedback by leaders in the field and creates the magazine-model jaw angle desired by many patients. Its patented grid backing readily adapts to the gonial angle, while its extended design easily enables optional screw fixation. Fine anterior edges ensure a smooth implant transition. 

I’d really like to hear your opinion about this since you are an expert in this particular procedure. Have you used this implant on any of your patients, and if so do you have any before and after picture available?! In your professional opinion does this new Conform™ Mandibular Angle implant deliver a chiseled angular projection to the jaw (Brad pitt alike, both from the front and side) rather than a round look? 

Looking forward to hearing back from you very soon.

A: Thank you for your inquiry.  I have intimate knowledge of every jaw angle implant that exist or will exist in the near future. The new Conform Mandibular Angle Implant is exactly the style of jaw angle implant that I wouldn’t use. It has a very rounded jaw angle shape that is situated about the mandibular angle point by a considerable amount. This will create a rounder/fatter looking jaw angle not the sharper more well defined jaw angle shape that your desire. It does not in my experience create the ‘magazine model jaw angel shape’. The newer widening jaw angle implant is better in that regard because it has a more defined angle shape and its point of maximum projection is directly at the lowest angle point. This jaw angle implant style has a much better chance of succeeding with that desired outcome.

The other way to be most assured of the optimal jaw angle shape is to have them custom made in exactly the shape you desire.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana