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Laser Frenectomy

What is a Frenectomy?

A frenectomy is simply the removal of a frenum in the mouth. A frenum is a muscular attachment between two tissues. There are two frena (the plural form of frenum) in the mouth that can sometimes obstruct normal function and are candidates for frenectomies. These frena are called the lingual frenum, which connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth, and the maxillary labial frenum, which connects the inside of your upper lip to your gums just above your upper two front teeth.

Lingual Frenum and Frenectomy

The lingual frenum connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Sometimes, the lingual frenum can run all the way to the tip of the tongue, causing a person to be “tongue-tied.”

Traditionally, tongue-tie or otherwise abnormal frenum were removed by snipping or surgically removing the tissue with a scalpel. Removal is always recommended, since tongue-tie can lead to:

  • The inability to eat or speak properly
  • Pain or clicking in the jaw
  • Oral health concerns, including gum inflammation and dental decay

Today, we can bypass traditional methods and reduce pain and recovery thanks to new laster frenectomy options. Dr. Ballard always recommends laser frenectomy for children, and adults alike. Dr. Ballard offers free consultations for children that are at least 6 years of age.  At Ballard Family Dentistry, we invest in the best and most cutting-edge dental technologies to help our patients. We only use state of the art laser technology for our tongue-tie laser frenectomy patients.

If you need to book a laser frenectomy consultation, contact our office today at 817-385-7183.

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