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Frenectomy

If it is too large, the attachment between lips and gums or beneath the tongue, known as the frenum, can pull on gums and shift teeth.

During a frenectomy, a doctor can clip this tissue to ease discomfort and even improve speech for children or adults.

Sound helpful? That's because it is.

A Range of Oral Health and Speech Benefits

Mouth icon Reduce oral discomfort.

Clipping the frenum that connects your upper or lower lip to the gums can relieve excess pressure and pain.

Teeth icon Realign your bite.

Without the force of the frenum pulling on the gums, your doctor can realign your front teeth for a stronger, straighter smile.

Platter icon Enhance your speech and appetite.

Cutting the frenum beneath the tongue can improve both communication and the ability to eat.

The result? A healthier, happier smile.

Illustration of frenectomy Is Surgical Intervention the Right Choice?

Scales icon The prospect of surgery can make any person nervous, especially if your child is the patient. However, a frenectomy is a relatively simple and short procedure. In fact, most patients only need a topical anesthetic to stay comfortable during their appointment.

It's also important to keep in mind that the earlier in life the surgery is done, the simpler it is. Early intervention can even reduce the risk of the frenum affecting the growth of the jaw and dental development.

So what can you expect from surgery?

Frenum At the Appointment

From start to finish, a frenectomy rarely takes longer than a few minutes. The doctor will:

1 icon Apply a topical anesthetic to the frenum and surrounding tissue to numb the area.

2 icon Gently clip or remove the frenum with scissors, a scalpel, or a laser.

If necessary, the doctor will then close the incision with dissolvable sutures.

And that's it. But is a frenectomy your only option?

To Get a Frenectomy or Not to Get a Frenectomy

There is no alternative to a frenectomy that specifically targets the same issue. While orthodontics alone may be sufficient to treat milder cases of overly large labial frenums, braces can't offset all the effects. It really comes down to a single choice: to undergo surgery or not. It's that simple.

A frenectomy is a simple solution to a potentially long-term problem. If you want to learn more about how the surgery can help you or your child, reach out today and set up an appointment.

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