Frenectomy or also known as frenotomy, is the removal, or alteration of Frenulum. Frenulum is a small fold of tissue found throughout the body, that is attached to an organ to keep it in place to avoid it moving about through the body (Medical Dictionary Inc., 2017). For this purpose, we will discuss Dental Frenectomy.
As a service that Prattville dentist, Dr. Matt Holley provides at Diamond Dental Solutions, a Frenectomy procedure can save a patient from more discomfort and periodontal issues. A Frenectomy procedure can serve as an alternative procedure to some treatments for a periodontal issue (Medical Dictionary Inc., 2017).
Technological advances have enabled the dental industry to propel in altering the way we perform surgical procedures, to minimizing the trauma caused to the body from surgical procedures, to recovery time for patients, and minimizing the scar tissue that develops from most surgeries. Laser Dentistry has changed the face of general and cosmetic dentistry, bringing positive strides forward for all parties; patients and doctors. What used to be mechanical and invasive for dental surgery, can now, for many procedures, be done much more efficiently today. Laser dentistry, and soft tissue lasering has made procedures like the Frenectomy procedure an easy process (PennWell Corporation Inc., 2017).
There are a few reasons a patient may need, or even want a Frenectomy procedure versus some of the alternative oral procedures. The most common of which, would be a receding gum line or gap between the two top front teeth. To put in laymen terms, the part of your gums that folds over the base of the tooth where it emerges from the gums is not bonded or attached to anything, therefore, it is movable. Hence many complications with the varied forms of periodontal disease. However, not everyone that is a candidate for a Frenectomy procedure has periodontal disease. Patients that have a gap between their top two front teeth are also a good candidate for a Frenectomy (PennWell Corporation Inc., 2017).
The frenum in your mouth is the tissue between the top indention where the gums meet the beginning of the upper lip. That tissue can create a tension that begins to pull the protective away from the tooth. That tension can also cause a larger gap between the top two front teeth in many patients. By removing this tissue, the Frenum, the gingival margin (the gum that overlays the tooth) can be reduced. By means of the soft tissue lasering, a general or cosmetic dentist trained in laser dentistry can perform this procedure rather simply, and quickly in the dentist’s office. Patients endure minimal pain, have a faster recovery time, develop little to no scarring, and can see results far quicker than those from the traditional mechanical procedures to address these issues (PennWell Corporation Inc., 2017).
When soft tissue lasers for Dentistry were first introduced, doctors had to work quickly with the lasers in the procedures to avoid damaging the surrounding tissues from thermal temperatures. Today, dental soft tissue lasers have come a long way, and now, doctors are allotted more time for each procedure, expanding the amount of work that can be accomplished each session. Most surgical procedures can be done in one session, and in the office of the dental practice. Patients experience very little discomfort during and after the laser procedure. The Frenectomy performed by soft tissue lasering is especially held in high regard for the preferred technique. Dentists are able to get in and out in a fraction of the time it used to take doing the surgical procedure with mechanical devices and tools, and they are able to do so without causing damage to the surrounding tissue (PennWell Corporation Inc., 2017).
Diamond Dental Solutions provides the most up-to-date technology and procedures for their patients, enabling them to better serve you, and practice dentistry more efficiently. If you suffer from the tension caused by the frenum in your mouth, and you have a gap present, or notice a large gingival margin on your upper teeth, call us and schedule a consult today. Come and see what we can do for you.
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PennWell Corporation Inc. (2017). Dentistry IQ. Retrieved from http://dentistryiq.com