A frenectomy is a procedure that involves the removal or modification of a small fold of tissue known as a frenulum, which connects different parts of the mouth. This treatment is essential for improving the function and overall oral health of an individual’s smile. There are two primary types of frenectomy procedures: lingual frenectomy (tongue-tie treatment) and labial frenectomy (lip-tie treatment). Frenectomies are performed for both adults and for infants or young children.

The lingual frenulum is the tissue that connects the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Sometimes, this frenulum can be abnormally short or thick, leading to a condition known as ankyloglossia or tongue-tie. Ankyloglossia can restrict the patient’s ability to chew, eat and speak properly. To address these issues and restore proper oral function, our periodontist can perform a lingual frenectomy to release the tie and improve your quality of life.

On the other hand, a labial frenectomy involves the removal of the frenulum that attaches the upper lip to the gums above the front teeth. In certain cases, this labial frenulum can lead to gum recession, create gaps between the upper front teeth, or pose challenges for individuals wearing dentures.

The frenectomy procedure itself is relatively straightforward and swift, typically requiring just one visit to our office. Our periodontist will ensure that you (or your child) are comfortable throughout the treatment process. Additionally, detailed post-procedure care instructions are provided to facilitate proper healing and recovery.

If you have questions about frenectomy in Shawnee, Kansas, or you or your child are experiencing issues related to the frenulum, we encourage you to reach out to us today at 913-268-0808 for more information and to schedule your next appointment with Dr. William Strutz. Your oral health and comfort are our top priorities, and we are here to provide the necessary care and support to ensure a healthier, happier smile.

Contact us today to learn more about periodontal care and schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Strutz!

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