A frenum (also called frenulum) is a tissue attachment that holds or connects an area such as the tongue, lip, or cheek. Occasionally a frenum might be exceptionally tight, thick, or short, causing oral health problems and may harm speech. In babies, it can cause issues with breastfeeding and swallowing. A frenectomy is a simple surgery to excise the frenum. This procedure generally takes less than fifteen minutes and has minimal post-operative discomfort.  

Who Needs a Frenectomy?

Frenectomies are typically done on infants who have trouble feeding or speaking, but adults may need the procedure as well.

What Conditions Does it Treat?

A frenectomy might be recommended to correct a frenum that’s causing:

  • A lip tie, which limits lip movement
  • A tongue tie, which limits your tongue’s range of motion
  • Diastema, which is a gap between your teeth
  • Gum recession, which can lead to gingivitis, cavities, and mobility
  • Pain, swelling, or tenderness with brushing or other oral care

Benefits of a Soft Tissue Laser when Treating Frenectomies

At Hockley Dental, we implement a soft tissue laser for frenectomy treatments versus other methods. The benefits of using a soft tissue laser include:

  • Shorter treatment times
  • No bleeding
  • No need for sedation or general anesthesia
  • Fast healing and recovery
  • Minimal pain or discomfort
  • Minimally invasive

Hockley Dental is committed to ensuring optimal comfort, care, and treatment. Give us a call to schedule your appointment.

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