Dundee Family Dentistry | Frenectomy in Dundee

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Allen R Methven, DDS

Scott P Thomas, DMD

Frenectomy
AGD Member
 

A frenulum is a piece of tissue that prevents an organ from moving. There is a frenulum that attaches your upper lip to the gums, while another connects the lower lip to the gums. A frenulum that is too short or thick, will cause problems in speech patterns and tooth misalignment. In infants, a shortened frenulum underneath the tongue will inhibit breastfeeding. When the frenulum disrupts movement, growth, or development, corrective action is necessary to resolve the situation.

A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure that is performed in your dentist’s office. It can be performed with either a scalpel or laser and takes less than 15 minutes. Using a laser causes very little bleeding and does not require stitches. A laser also results in less postoperative discomfort and a shorter healing time. Young children and infants are put under general anesthesia for the procedure, and older children and adults have the procedure performed using local anesthesia (regular numbing). If your child needs a frenectomy, there is nothing to worry about. The procedure is very successful and causes minimal discomfort.