Chin surgery (mentoplasty)

Chin correction is a purely cosmetic procedure. A recessed chin too often accompanies a problem of occlusion. The upper and lower teeth do not overlap correctly because the lower jaw is positioned too far back. This problem can only be improved with the advancement of the entire jaw. This procedure is quite invasive and often requires keeping the mouth closed for several weeks. This procedure must be performed by a dental surgeon after an orthodontist has replaced the teeth in the correct position. For people who have properly positioned teeth and do not wish to undergo a heavy operation, a chin implant is a good and a simpler alternative.
The implant itself is a small piece of silicone available in various thicknesses and widths. During the consultation, the surgeon will make a full-size computer simulation to determine which implant is best for you. We estimate that the chin will increase about half the thickness of the implant. An implant of 6mm in thickness enlarges the chin by about 3mm. The implant is inserted through an incision under the chin or the mouth. The latter method leaves no visible scar, but has a slightly higher risk of infection. The prosthesis is inserted under the chin muscles, normally under the periosteum of the jaw. The procedure can be done under local anaesthetic and has few risks. If the implant is placed through the mouth, it is possible that the lower lip is a little stiff at first. A compress is placed on the chin during the first weeks to hold the implant in place.

Advantages of a chin implant:

  • Quick and easy to set
  • Quick and easy to remove
  • Implants are available in all forms. The intervention and its results are very easy to predict

Disadvantages of chin implant:

  • Risk of bone resorption: this is very uncommon and the implant can be removed.
  • Risk of infection: this is rare and can easily be treated in most cases with antibiotics.
  • Nervous damage: it is important not to choose too large an implant because the nerves of the lower jaw are located in the premolars.

An alternative to the implant is the displacement of the tip of the chin. The chin is then detached and repositioned as desired using small plates and screws. This procedure is only possible under general anaesthetic and is also more difficult to reverse than the implant.

Cost Price

Chin surgery (implant) 1.500€

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