Restoring Oral Function and Comfort
Did you know that a small tissue attachment called a frenum can have a significant impact on your oral health? Frenums, also known as frenulums, are the connecting tissues that hold areas like the tongue, lip, or cheek in place. In some cases, a frenum may be excessively tight, thick, or short, leading to various dental issues.
One common problem associated with frenums is gum recession. When a frenum pulls tightly on the gums, it can cause localized areas of recession, leaving the tooth roots exposed and vulnerable. Additionally, a tight frenum can create gaps between teeth, known as diastema, as it pulls the teeth apart.
Fortunately, a simple and quick procedure called frenectomy can effectively address these concerns. During a frenectomy, the frenum is surgically removed, allowing for improved oral health and function. The procedure typically takes less than fifteen minutes and is associated with minimal post-operative discomfort.
Diastema, the noticeable gap between teeth, can often be attributed to a thick or tight frenum that attaches close to the teeth. By performing a frenectomy in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, we can successfully correct diastema and create a more harmonious smile.
Another condition influenced by a tight frenum is being “tongue-tied.” When the frenum restricts normal tongue movement, it can lead to gingival recession, especially in the lower anterior teeth. In severe cases, speech may also be affected. By eliminating this restrictive attachment through a frenectomy, we can restore proper tongue movements, eliminate gingival pull, and improve both oral health and speech patterns.
If you are experiencing any of these frenum-related concerns, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation. Our experienced team will assess your unique situation and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan, which may include a frenectomy. Unlock your smile’s full potential and embrace a healthier, more confident you.