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Most of our mouths are imperfect in one way or another. In some cases, people are born with minor issues such as crooked teeth or a misaligned bite. In others, the problem can be caused by soft tissues like the frenum. At Shoreline Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we specialize in surgical and non-surgical procedures designed to improve your periodontal health. If you have impaired oral functions due to problems with your frenum, you may need a frenectomy.
What Is a Frenum?
A frenum is a band of fibrous tissue that, when positioned too close to the teeth, can cause recession, formation of gaps between teeth, and in some cases speech and developmental difficulties. Releasing or repositioning the frenum through a procedure called a frenectomy, can alleviate these problems. In many cases, a frenectomy can be done with a laser.
During your consultation appointment, Dr. Hoge will be able to determine if you are a suitable candidate for a frenectomy. The type of frenectomy you receive depends on which frenum is causing problems. However, the basic steps for each procedure are the same.
A frenectomy begins with the application of a local anesthetic. This medication will numb the area and eliminate discomfort. We also offer sedation dentistry for patients with severe anxiety associated with dental procedures.
Next, we will use a scalpel or soft tissue laser to make precise incisions that release the frenum. In some cases, the entire frenum must be removed. Once we achieve the optimal results, we will suture the incisions, usually with dissolvable stitches.
After Your Frenectomy
After a frenectomy, most people experience little or no post-operative pain, swelling, or bleeding. If we use a dental laser, there is even less discomfort. The laser cauterizes the incision as it cuts, which improves the healing process.
Once you are fully healed, you should see a vast improvement in the mobility of your tongue. If you receive a labial frenectomy, you may need orthodontic treatment to close the gap. We typically ask our patients to schedule a follow-up appointment so that we can monitor your progress. Regardless, a frenectomy is one of the safest and most effective ways to improve your periodontal health.
Schedule a Consultation
If you think you may need a frenectomy, we can help. Call 920-452-8802 to schedule your consultation today.
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2808 Kohler Memorial Dr #2,
Sheboygan, WI 53081