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Maxillary Labial and Lingual Frenectomies

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Laser Frenectomies

At Bronson Family Dentistry, we use top of the line carbon dioxide surgical laser system for frenectomies. This allows for minimal discomfort and a quicker recovery time.

A frenum, or frenulum, is a small fold or ridge of tissue that supports the motion of the part to which it is attached, such as the ridge connecting the tongue to the bottom of the mouth, or between the lip and the gum.

A labial maxillary frenum that is too prominent (the one that runs between the top lip and the gum) can cause a gap between the two central incisors and in that case, a frenectomy is needed to remove the attachment from between the two central incisors.

A labial mandibular frenum (between the bottom lip and gum) is usually less prominent and causes retraction or recession of the gum tissue around the lower incisors.

The lingual frenum attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Sometimes the attachment can extend to the tip of the tongue causing ankyloglossia, also known as being “tongue tied.” Release of the attachment is the only option to permit normal tongue function.

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Interview with Dr. James Bronson: Treatment for Lip Tie and Tongue Tie for Adults and Why it’s important