Frenectomy At The Warren Smile Center in New Jersey
The frenula are folds of skin which hold specific organs from overextended movement. The two frenula in the mouth include the lingual, which links the tongue to the bottom of the mouth, and the labial, which connects the upper lip to the gum between the two front teeth. In some instances, the frenula may be over-developed and connect to an inconvenient place on the tongue or lip. Patients with these conditions may find their speech impaired or their two front teeth permanently gapped even with orthodontic treatment. Dr. Stein at the Warren Smile Center offers frenectomy to remove ill-placed and overdeveloped frenula.
What is frenectomy?
A frenectomy removes the lingual or labial frenulum using either a laser or scalpel and stitches. These are common procedures which can drastically improve a person’s speech and oral health. In the case of a problem labial frenulum, patients may experience a large gap between their two front teeth or a receding gum line as the frenula actual pulls the gum away from the teeth. A problem lingual frenulum, commonly known as being “tongue tied,” will hinder the ability to speak and enunciate clearly. Both of these surgeries are considered minor oral procedures, and the removal of either the labial or lingual frenulum can only improve the appearance and function of the lip and mouth.
|Lingual Frenula Problems (Tongue Tied)||Labial Frenula Problems|
|Difficulty breast feeding||Large gap between the front teeth|
|Problems speaking or enunciating||Receding gum on the top front teeth|
|Shortened tongue extension||Incomplete orthodontic treatment|
|“Heart-shaped” tongue||Loose and uncomfortable dentures|
What can I expect during frenectomy?
Patients can expect frenectomy to last as little as fifteen to twenty minutes. Patients will only need local anesthetic or IV sedation during the procedure. Dr. Stein will then remove the frenulum using a scalpel or laser. Although both scalpel and laser techniques produce little recovery time, patients who receive laser frenectomy will not need stiches. Orthodontic patients will finally be able to achieve complete alignment following labial frenectomy. The gap between their front teeth will eventually close. Patients who wear dentures will also find a marked improvement in the comfort and dependability of their dentures. An overdeveloped labial frenulum may loosen dentures as lips move, but without the extra skin fold, dentures will remain more secure and provide improved comfort.
How do I learn more about frenectomy in NJ?
Susanna Kayserman, D.D.S., Mark Stein, D.D.S., M.D. and the Warren Smile Center staff welcome patients to express any questions they may have about frenectomy in New Jersey. You can contact us at our Warren, New Jersey dentist office location at 908.753.0003, or you may make an appointment online for a personal consultation with Dr. Kayserman or Dr. Stein.