Laser Frenectomy

Front teeth before frenectomy with laser
Front teeth after frenectomy with laser
Before and After Frenectomy

A frenectomy is simply the removal of a frenum in the mouth. A frenum is a fold of tissue that passes from the movable lip or cheek to the gum. There are multiple frenums within the mouth, the most prominent being the ones in the front of the upper and lower teeth. When a frenum is positioned in such a way as to interfere with the normal alignment of teeth or results in pulling away of the gum from the tooth surface causing recession, they require repositioning with a simple, single surgical procedure.

What is a Laser Frenectomy?

A laser frenectomy is when a laser is used to remove the frenum. It is less invasive and there are no suture. It is most commonly used when the frenum is thin. A review article of the different surgical techniques is available. There is little to no bleeding or pain with a laser frenectomy making it a great choice for children.

What are the benefits of this procedure?

The benefits of a frenectomy are to prevent orthodontic tooth and to revent gum recession. Gum recession can lead to tooth loss. Frenectomies are simple procedures that when necessary help promote long term health of the gums and teeth. Orthodontic tooth relapse occurs when teeth move, or partially move, back to the original position following orthodontic treatment. A frenectomy creates a scar that is dense fibrous tissue and may help to prevent orthodontic relapse. Sometimes a soft tissue graft will also need to be performed, if recession has occured. Recession is when gum has pulled away from the tooth.

Lingual Frenum

Before lingual frenectomy

The removal of the lingual frenum, which is under the tongue, is called a lingual frenectomy. A lingual frenectomy is often performed for patients who are “tongue-tied”. Immediately after this minor oral surgery, the tongue has increased mobility and can extend out of the mouth. This procedure can help improve speech and promote proper tooth arch development in growing children.

Labial Frenum

Before facial frenectomy at IndyPerio

The labial frenum often attaches to the center of the upper lip between the two front teeth. This can cause a gap or space and result in gum recession due to the frenum pulling the gums away from the teeth. A labial frenectomy removes the labial frenum. This procedure is often performed on orthodontic patients to assist in closing the gap or space between the two front teeth.

Laser frenectomy procedures can be performed at Dr. Wiland’s periodontal office with convenient locations in Indianapolis, Kokomo and Richmond, IN. Contact us to schedule a consultation, or to learn more about this procedure.

About Us

Bruce B. Wiland, DDS, MSD is board certified in the specialty of periodontics which includes the placement of dental implants. Other services include laser periodontal therapy, esthetic tissue contouring and nonsurgical treatment.

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