What are Frenectomies?

Frenectomies are a common dental procedure that involves the surgical removal of a small fold of tissue called a frenulum. This frenulum can connect various parts of the mouth, including the tongue, lips, or cheeks. The purpose of this procedure is usually to improve the function of these areas by removing any restrictions caused by the frenulum. Additionally, frenectomies may be done to prevent future complications, such as speech impediments or difficulty eating, that can arise from a tight or restrictive frenulum. Overall, the procedure is safe and minimally invasive, and can have a significant positive impact on a patient's oral health and function.

Why would Frenectomies be needed?

Frenectomies may be needed for a variety of reasons. In some cases, the frenulum may be too short or thick, which can limit movement and cause discomfort. This can lead to issues with nursing, speech, eating, or oral hygiene. In other cases, the frenulum may be attached in the wrong place, which can result in spacing issues or gum recession. Frenectomies can help address these issues and improve overall oral health.

Who would be a candidate for Frenectomies?

Candidates for Frenectomies may include individuals who have difficulty with nursing, speech, eating, or oral hygiene due to a short or thick frenulum. They may also include individuals who have spacing issues or gum recession due to an improperly attached frenulum. Your dentist can help determine if you would be a good candidate for this procedure.

What happens during the Frenectomies procedure?

During the Frenectomies procedure, your dentist may numb the area with a local anesthetic. They will then use a laser to remove the frenulum. The procedure is typically quick and relatively painless, and most patients can return to their normal activities the same day. Your dentist will provide you with specific aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing.