Los Gatos Dental | Frenectomy in Los Gatos

Tony K. Choi, D.M.D.
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

 

Samaritan Oaks Medical Center

15251 National Ave. Suite 102
Los Gatos, California 95032
      Telephone : 408-358-8100
Fax : 408-358-8102
Frenectomy
 
Los Gatos Dental in Los Gatos CA

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.

 
 
 
Los Gatos Dentist | Frenectomy. Tony Choi is a Los Gatos Dentist.