Dr. Smith provides frenectomy procedures to help improve the function and health of your mouth and better control gum recession or other problems. A frenulum is a small fold of muscle tissue that connects one part of your mouth to another. In some cases, we may need to remove a frenulum to improve the function and health of your smile; this type of treatment is called a frenectomy. The two most common types of frenectomy are lingual frenectomy and labial frenectomy. The lingual frenulum is the frenulum that connects the bottom of your tongue to the floor of the mouth. If this frenulum is abnormally short or thick, it can result in a condition known as ankyloglossia, or tongue tied. This often inhibits you from chewing, eating, and speaking properly. To alleviate these problems, Dr. Smith may recommend a frenectomy. A labial frenectomy is used to remove the frenulum that attaches the top lip to your gums above your front teeth. In some cases, the muscle pulling action of the frenulum can cause recession of the gums, contributing to a gap between the upper front teeth, or cause problems for denture wearers.
The frenectomy process is simple and quick, often treated with a Laser. Our dentist can typically complete the removal of a frenulum in just one visit to our office, and we will ensure that you are comfortable during the entire treatment. We will also provide you with care instructions so you can take care of your smile as it heals. We welcome you to call us today for more information and to schedule your next appointment.