Blaisdell Family Dentistry offers Laser Frenectomy Surgery here at our office.
We are proud to provide our patients with high-quality laser dentistry. Just one of the services we have is oral surgery for frenum removal or reduction.
What Is Frenum Surgery?
You may have heard the phrase “tongue-tied” before. This refers to a condition where the tongue’s mobility has been limited by its frenulum or frenum.
Frena are folds of thick tissue that are found in several parts of the mouth. When these frena are too long or thick, they can stop the tongue or lips from moving as much as they need to in order to function well. Thus the term tongue-tied. Tongue ties and lip ties are common medical conditions that can affect everything from clear speech to the ability to eat without complication.
Laser frenectomy surgery — also called a frenotomy — can remedy this by shortening the frenulum and restoring oral mobility.
Types of Frenectomies
As mentioned above, there are a number of different types of frena in the mouth, all of which cause different issues.
Laser Lingual Frenectomy| This type of laser frenectomy deals with tongue ties.
The lingual frenulum is tissue that attaches your tongue to the floor of your mouth. Normally this helps the tongue to remain mobile while also keeping it in place. However, when the tissue is too thick or too long, it can stop the tongue from aiding with proper swallowing and create difficulties with the articulation of many sounds.
A laser lingual frenectomy will use the latest in laser dentistry to shorten or remove the problematic parts of the frenum and therefore loosen the tongue.
Laser Labial Frenectomy| A labial frenectomy will shorten or remove a lip tie.
The labial frenulum can be found between the upper lip and the gums. When it is too severe, it can create potentially severe hygiene difficulties and articulation troubles. Labial frenectomy surgery removes any problematic area, thus improving the health of both your teeth and gums.
Infant Frenectomy| Blaisdell also uses these laser treatments for high-quality pediatric dentistry.
A baby who is tongue tied or lip tied may suffer from the condition much more than an adult. This is due to difficulties with feeding. An overly-tight lingual frenulum can cause problems with latching or swallowing, and therefore also with weight gain and nutrition.
In such a case, frenum removal, or at least a shortening through a laser lingual frenectomy, may be necessary to help your child eat and grow more easily.
Why Blaisdell Family Dentistry?
Blaisdell is 100% committed to quality, from pediatric dentistry to oral surgery and laser dentistry. That includes top-notch frenectomies. Whatever your needs are, we stand ready to fulfill them through highly-trained staff, modern techniques, and state-of-the-art technology.
If you have any questions about frenum surgery or if you would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact us.