Everyone has frenulums, which are small folds of tissue formed to connect one part of the mouth to another. If one of these tissues develops or attaches to other tissues, it can create issues such as a lip-tie or tongue-tie. With a consultation at our office, Dr. Mason Miner may recommend a laser frenectomy to remove or modify a frenulum to improve the health and function of you or your child’s smile.
Types of Frenectomies
There are two types of frenectomies to be aware of:
Lingual Frenectomy: This type of frenulum connects the bottom of the tongue to the floor of your mouth. When this becomes too short or too thick, you can end up with a tongue-tie. With this type of tie, you or your child may face:
- Jaw discomfort
- Acid reflux
- Digestive issues
- Speech issues
- Difficulty chewing meals
Labial Frenectomy: This type of frenulum binds the top lip to the gums above the teeth. When this tissue attaches too close to the teeth or gumline, it can leave spaces between the teeth and cause a lip-tie. Without taking care of the labial frenulum, you or your child may encounter:
- Gum recession
- Spaced or gapped teeth
- Reoccurring cavities
- Problems brushing or flossing
- Self-esteem issues
The Frenectomy Procedure
The frenectomy procedure is quick and simple. First, our dentist will apply a numbing gel and administer a local anesthetic to ease your discomfort. Then, the frenulum is released with a safe, all-tissue laser to avoid the need for incisions or stitches. Following your procedure, we will provide post-care instructions for you to follow closely at home to have an effective recovery.
Benefits of Laser Frenectomies
When it comes to comfort, convenience and recovery, laser treatments have raised the standard in dentistry. Safe and effective, they decrease the risk of infection while speeding the rate of healing.
Traditionally, a dentist may cut a restricted frenulum with scalpels or scissors, resulting in bleeding, more pain and slower healing. With a laser frenectomy, there is often no need for incisions or stitches; the laser light quickly separates and releases the frenulum for enhanced mobility. Laser frenectomy, performed by a skilled dentist like Dr. Mason Miner, can provide you or your child with the following benefits:
- Often no need for injections, just a topical anesthetic
- Minimized bleeding and swelling
- Less discomfort (in both severity and duration) after the procedure
- Faster healing
- Decreased risk of reattachment
Schedule Your Visit With Us Today!
At Durango Laser Dentistry, our top priority is to improve your smile with quality care and compassionate service. If you are interested in more information about adult and child frenectomy in Durango, Colorado, please contact us at 970-247-2677.