The submental approach is used to treat fractures of the anterior mandibular body and symphysis.
Although these fractures are usually approached and treated intraorally, a submental approach may be indicated. Its indication will depend on the fracture severity, and/or the presence of a laceration.
An advantage of this approach is that the surgeon can easily inspect the mandible's lingual surface to assure optimal reduction.
There are no major neurovascular structures in the submental area.