Frenectomy is a simple oral surgical procedure that involves removing the frenum under the upper lip or tongue. A frenum is a fibro-muscular membranous tissue found below the upper lip or the tongue. The frenum is of two types – labial frenum that connects the inside of the upper lip to the centre of the gum and lingual frenum that connects the bottom centre of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. The labial frenum causes pain to the upper lips and gums, while lingual frenum prevents the child from speaking and eating properly. At Chapel Gate Dental, we will correct these issues by performing Frenectomy procedure.

How Is The Procedure Performed?

While frenectomy is performed using a variety of techniques, the use of surgical lasers is considered to be the most efficient and the safest method. At Chapel Gate Dental, we perform laser technique as it helps improving the accuracy of the treatment. Instead of cutting the frenum, we use lasers to vapourise it. As incision is not involved in this procedure, there is no risk of complications and bleeding. The process is not painful and can be completed within a few minutes.

When Is Frenectomy Recommended?

Frenectomy is recommended to everyone with abnormal frenum, no matter how old the individual is. It is highly recommended to correct the abnormal frenum at the babyhood as it may lead to other problems when the child grows up. Chapel Gate Dental suggests this procedure for the following reasons:

  • Breastfeeding problems
  • Chewing and eating difficulties
  • Speaking problems
  • Cosmetic issues
  • Difficulties in brushing and flossing
  • Bad breath & dental decay
  • Vulnerable to other dental problems

Post Procedure Care:

After the procedure, there may be slight bleeding and the area will look like a large sore. Our dentist will prescribe medicine for topical application which facilitates quick healing. With proper care, healing from a frenectomy will not take more than a couple of weeks. In babies, the problem can be solved by breastfeeding.

Benefits of Frenectomy:

  • Reduced oral discomfort
  • Improved facial appearance
  • Enhanced bite function
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Enhanced ability to communicate
  • Improved appetite

If you still have any question regarding frenectomy, it’s best to talk to our dentists at 03 95313742.


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