A Range of Oral Health and Speech Benefits

Reduce oral discomfort.

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

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.

Enhance your speech and appetite.

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

When is a frenectomy needed

Frenum Frenum

So how does the surgery work? 

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Is Surgical Intervention the Right Choice?

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.

Imagine the difference before and after a frenectomy...

What can you expect during your visit? 

At the Appointment

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

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

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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Thank you all for being so kind and comforting…for laughing at my nervous jokes and quelling my fears. Thank you for being so masterful at your jobs. Thank you for lulling me into anesthesia sleep with techno beats. Thank you for everything. Kristen D.

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Thank you all for being so kind and comforting…for laughing at my nervous jokes and quelling my fears. Thank you for being so masterful at your jobs. Thank you for lulling me into anesthesia sleep with techno beats. Thank you for everything. Kristen D.