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Catalpa Dental Center | Frenectomy in Royal Oak

Catalpa Family Dental Center

122 Catalpa Dr.,                            248-398-7880

Royal Oak, MI, 48067                248-398-5917 (fax)

Business Hours
Monday:9-7
Tuesday:9-5
Wednesday:9-5
Thursday:9-2
Saturday:9-2 Some Saturdays
Frenectomy
AGD Member
 

A frenulum is a piece of tissue that prevents an organ from moving. There is a frenulum that attaches your upper lip to the gums, while another connects the lower lip to the gums. A frenulum that is too short or thick, will cause problems in speech patterns and tooth misalignment. In infants, a shortened frenulum underneath the tongue will inhibit breastfeeding. When the frenulum disrupts movement, growth, or development, corrective action is necessary to resolve the situation.

A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure that is performed in your dentist’s office. It can be performed with either a scalpel or laser and takes less than 15 minutes. Using a laser causes very little bleeding and does not require stitches. A laser also results in less postoperative discomfort and a shorter healing time. Young children and infants are put under general anesthesia for the procedure and adults have the procedure performed using local anesthesia. If your child needs a frenectomy, there is nothing to worry about. The procedure is very successful and causes minimal discomfort.