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Are there any risks if I leave my protruding jaw alone?

Dental Jaw Surgery
DOCTOR’S ANSWER (1)

Thanks for the question. Not proceeding with a jaw surgery does not bring about any risks per se, however it means that you may continue to face certain functional difficulties associated to a protruding jaw (underbite) such as:

  • Inefficient biting and chewing
  • Worn down tooth enamel, increasing susceptibility to tooth decay, sensitivity and other dental issues
  • Chronic headaches and temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Affected speech clarity 

Aesthetically, you may also find that your jaw/face is imbalance or your chin seems more prominent. Some people find that it affects their appearance and hence their confidence. 

I have encountered patients who have a prominent chin but do not want to proceed with jaw surgery for various reasons too. The important thing is that you make an informed decision.


Dr Ho Kok Sen
BDS , MDS, FRACDS, FAM

Specialist Dental Group

3 Mount Elizabeth
Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
#08-03/04/10
Singapore 228510


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