A frenectomy is simply the release or loosening of a frenum in the mouth. A frenum is a non-functional muscular attachment between two tissues. There are other parts of your body that have frena (the plural form of frenum) . We are focussing on the oral frenums because this is our specialty. If you gently pull your upper or lower lip away from your teeth and look inside, you see a small vertical piece of tissue attaching your lip to your mouth. That's your frenum. On rare occasions, frena can obstruct normal gum functions, and are candidates for a frenectomy.
The most common reason for a frenectomy or frenum adjustment is if the upper lip's fremum is larger than it should be. When this happens, the frenum may connect through to the gum tissue between the teeth and extend to the front portion of the roof of the mouth. This can create a space between the two front teeth that can not be corrected by an orthodontist.
Another reason for a frenectomy is ankyloglossia, which is a condition in which the lingual frenulum attaches the bottom of the tip of the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. When necessary, tongue tie can also be treated with a frenectomy.
There can be other situations and causes that need correcting. Fortunately, the Buffalo Dental Implant team of Periodontal Surgeons is highly trained and is available to you and your family - right here in Buffalo NY.
In a patient's words -
"My dentist recommended me to Buffalo Dental Implant to receive a frenectomy and a gum grafting procedure. In my late twenties, I knew it was something I had to do before it would become untreatable. I scheduled to have both procedures done at the same time. Dr. Supowitz and the assistant kept me calm throughout the procedure and made sure I was numb. After leaving my appointment, Dr. Supowitz called me that night to check-in which is something I never experienced before. The first night was the worst regarding my comfort along with trying to eat but slowly, each day became better than the last. I was on a soft food diet but made a lot of progress in two weeks. I could not brush or floss the area but was given appropriate medicine to treat the area. During the healing process, I had three check-up appointments to make sure everything was healing properly. Within a month, I felt back to myself…but better! The overall discomfort was worth the outcome. It has been three months since my procedure and I no longer have any pain in my gums. I know I made the right decision for my overall oral health."
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