Precision Dental Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry performs frenectomies, but before you have one done on yourself, you should know what it is, why patients have it, and if you really should have your frenum removed or shortened.
What Is a Frenum?
A frenum is part of your mouth's anatomy. The mouth has two muscular attachments.
Lingual Frenum – This is under the tongue that connects the tongue to the bottom part of the mouth.
Maxillary Labial Frenum – This is one that attaches the top lip to above the top teeth.
When a lingual frenum or maxillary labial frenum affects the teeth' appropriate functioning, a frenectomy may be performed.
About a Frenectomy
A frenectomy removal or shortens the frenum. The procedure provides many benefits depending on which frenum the procedure is performed on.
Lingual Frenum Frenectomy
When the lingual frenum is too long, it can cause issues with swallowing, eating, and talking. Shortening it can improve all of those functions.
Maxillary Labial Frenum Frenectomy
When this frenum is large or attaches close to the teeth, it can cause a gap between the two front teeth. Many people find the gap closes when the frenum is removed with a frenectomy.
Your dentist in Glendale doesn't always recommend a frenectomy, even though it is a simple procedure. A laser may be used, or the dentist will cut the frenum off and place some stitches where it was attached.