Mandibular Lengthening

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Overview of Mandibular Lengthening




1-2 Weeks

Work Leave

1-2 Weeks

Complete Recovery

Multiple Days

Success Rate


Number of Stages

3 Stages

Materials Used

Teeth Shells

What Is Mandibular Lengthening?

Breathing difficulties can become quite severe and persistent when one has a small or recessed jaw. To alleviate this condition, some surgeons recommend a remarkable surgical procedure called mandibular lengthening or jaw distraction.

Jaw distraction promises gradual lengthening through the application of a specialized device known as a distractor, which can lengthen the jawbone.

By elongating the jaw, the airway can widen, enabling the patient, typically a child, to breathe more easily and clearly.

Through the implementation of the distractor, the jawbone is gently mobilized and progressively shifted outward over time. This remarkable technique proves particularly effective in correcting a small or recessed jaw resulting from trauma-induced injuries or congenital conditions.

Nonetheless, this particular procedure is exclusively reserved for cases where there are severe and life-threatening breathing problems. It should not be pursued solely for the purpose of enhancing facial aesthetics.

Why Choose Mandibular Lengthening in Turkey?

Mandibular lengthening procedures aren’t available everywhere. Besides, they’re not for everyone. However, In Turkey, some clinics offer this procedure for those who need it. People seeking transformative jaw distraction surgery often choose Turkey for the following reasons:

Affordable Mandibular Lengthening Surgery

Besides being a rare procedure, mandibular lengthening isn’t cheap. Turkish dental clinics, however, offer this procedure and other similar jaw surgeries at very competitive pricing. This makes the country a more affordable alternative compared to many other countries.

Internationally Acclaimed Surgeons

Due to their expertise in jaw distraction surgery, many Turkish surgeons have gained international recognition. Indeed, this is one of the most common reasons for people to visit Turkey and have surgery in one of its popular clinics, such as International Clinics.

Well-Equipped Dental Clinics

Turkish dental clinics aren’t just staffed by highly skilled surgeons and medical professionals; they’re also equipped with all the tools and devices needed to accomplish mandibular lengthening. Hence, they can create the right environment for successful jaw lengthening procedures.

Comprehensive Patient Care

Comprehensive patient care refers to providing holistic treatment, addressing both therapeutic and aesthetic needs. In other words, patients will receive the attention that they deserve and get a complete set of procedures to resolve different issues in their jaws along the mandibular lengthening procedure.

Accessibility & Convenience

Traveling to and from Turkey is a convenient process. After all, the country isn’t far from Europe and North America. Furthermore, Turkish dental clinics offer comprehensive packages that cover almost every aspect of the treatment trip.

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Benefits of Mandibular Lengthening

The distraction osteogenesis approach leads to a gradual transformation and expansion of the jaw, causing relief for breathing difficulties.

In short, mandibular lengthening surgery offers a range of notable benefits that contribute to improving one's quality of life:

The Procedure of Mandibular Lengthening

The actual surgical procedure typically lasts approximately two to three hours. During your consultation with your doctor, a thorough discussion will take place to address your concerns and clarify the expected outcomes of the procedure.

Together, you will explore the details of how the surgery will be performed. The main steps involved in the jaw distraction procedure:


A precise incision is made beneath the skin, along the jawline. Through this incision, the jawbone is carefully separated to create a suitable space for the attachment of the distraction device. This process is performed on both sides of the jaw.

2. Attachment of the distraction device

The distraction device, although not visible externally after the procedure, is securely affixed to the jawbone. Two small rods, known as distractor arms, may protrude either from the chin area or from behind the jawline.

3. Bone growth & healing

Over the course of several weeks following the surgery, the new bone gradually grows in the gap created between the separated jawbone segments. The distraction device remains in place for approximately six to eight weeks to provide essential support to the newly generated bone.

Risks of Mandibular Lengthening

Once the jawbone has attained sufficient strength, the removal of the distraction device becomes necessary, requiring an additional surgical procedure.

It’s important to note that this subsequent surgery aims solely at removing the device and doesn’t involve any further manipulation of the jawbone.

After surgery, it’s not uncommon to experience temporary numbness in the lower lip, chin, and gums.

This issue often resolves within a few months. Specific complications associated with the procedure include:

Cost of Mandibular Lengthening in Turkey

The cost of mandibular lengthening in Turkey ranges between 1000-1500 US dollars. Compared to what you may find in other countries, this price tag is remarkably cheap. In the United States, for instance, the overall cost of jaw surgery can climb to more than 7000 US dollars. This is the main reason why many Americans prefer to have their dental surgeries in Turkey.

How Can International Clinics Help You?

International Clinics helps international patients access affordable, high-quality medical and aesthetic procedures in Turkey. Our team of consultants is here to answer your questions and provide guidance throughout your treatment journey.

Our partner hospitals and clinics have successfully performed thousands of procedures for patients from Europe, Asia, North America, and the Middle East.

Use the contact forms on our website to request a free consultation with our team. We’re ready to help you get the care you need.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Mandibular lengthening is a good procedure for children who suffer from congenital problems in the lower jaw.

Mandibular lengthening is better than tracheostomy because the risks of tracheostomy are much higher.

Mandibular lengthening isn’t a common procedure compared to other widely practiced procedures.

Recovery after the procedure requires patience because the mouth will continue to hold a device for many weeks, which requires delicate care.

Mandibular lengthening isn’t recommended for the sole purpose of correcting facial appearance. 


Procedure Results

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Name: Shaima

Age: 25

Nationality: UAE

Date: 22-01-2022

Additional procedures: None


Seamless Treatment Journey

In addition to the medical services that we provide at the International Clinics, we also provide a range of supportive services to ensure patient comfort and safety, including:

Reception &

We provide airport pickup and drop-off, transport between hotels, hospital, and other sites


A medical advisor will ensure an appropriate and comfortable treatment plan that meets all your needs

24/7 Support

We provide access to dental consultants who can answer questions, address concerns, and coordinate care


Accommodation will not be a problem at all, because our team will help you in booking the most suitable place during your stay in Turkey

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The quality team communicates with patients after procedures to ensure that they received the care they deserve

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