At our dental office in the Woodlands, we know our patients have questions about all things related to their oral health and the appearance of their smiles. Frenectomies are no different. What exactly is a frenectomy? Why would we ever recommend one? Can it really be beneficial? Not to worry, we’re here to answer all of your frenectomy questions.
We’d have a little trouble answering the other questions if we didn’t first talk about the anatomy of the mouth and the areas that can cause some trouble and require a frenectomy. Let’s start with the lingual frenum. This tight little muscle is the thin piece of connective tissue that attaches the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. The other is the maxillary labial frenum. This little guy is the taut muscle between the inside of your top lip and upper gum line. When either one of these are too long, it can mean trouble.
Now that we got the anatomy part covered, let’s look into the actual frenectomy procedure. A frenectomy is a common and fairly easy treatment that removes or shortens whichever frenum is effecting proper function. To do this, your Woodlands dentist will cut the frenum, successfully fixing a variety of issues. Following the frenum removal, the area will be stitched together. That’s it! While it may sound scary, there’s no need to worry as the area is always numbed prior to beginning.
Both a frenectomy of the lingual frenum and of the maxillary labial frenum have their own set of benefits. Let’s look at each one individually.
Frenectomies can be an appropriate solution for some people. If you think one may help you, give our Woodlands dental office a call. We’ll check it out and discuss your options.
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