Should I Wait Until After Maxillary Expansion Therapy To Undergo Jaw Implant Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I was hoping to schedule my jaw implant surgery for the fall however I’ve got another procedure that may conflict.

I’m having an MSE to widen the maxilla with reverse pull headgear to attempt to fix my class 3 underbite. This may be a dumb question but the headgear pushes on the chin, will that mean a no-go for the jaw implant until after?

A: If the headgear will wrap around the chin in any fashion and apply pressure, you are correct in that it would be necessary to wait to do the jawline implant until after the orthodontic treatment is over.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana