Frenectomy is a safe procedure

It can be confusing and concerning when a dentist announces that you or your child may be in need of a frenectomy. However, this is a safe procedure that has numerous benefits for patients who undergo it. A frenum is a type of attachment between two pieces of tissue that occurs throughout the body. There are two types of frenum in the mouth – a labial frenum, which connects the upper lip to the gumline between the two front teeth, and a lingual frenum that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. Your dentist at Westgate Smiles may recommend the cutting of either or both of these frenum through a frenectomy.

What should I know about the frenectomy procedure?

FrenectomyNot every patient will need a frenectomy procedure. Typically, it is only recommended in those circumstances in which the connection of the frenum is severe enough to impact the mobility within an individual’s mouth and jaw. Among the many benefits of obtaining a frenectomy for some patients are:

  • Reduction of oral discomfort
  • Improved appearance
  • Increased bite function
  • Improved eating ability
  • Improved speaking ability

Typically, dentists diagnose the existence of a frenum in children. However, there may be some circumstances in which an older individual may choose to undergo a frenectomy, such as if it is required for the proper placement of dentures. Our dentist at Westgate Smiles in Bartlett, IL will speak to you about whether or not this procedure can benefit you.

What is a tori removal?

A torus is an overgrowth of bone within the jaw that typically does not cause any problems. However, it is important to monitor tori for any issues that may pose, and some individuals may need to undergo a tori removal or reduction in some circumstances, such as if they are being fitted for dentures. Westgate Smiles can provide tori removal to those patients in need of this procedure.
Whether you are in need of a frenectomy, a tori removal, or any other type of dental surgery, Westgate Smiles is happy to help you with any questions or concerns that you may have about your upcoming procedure. Contact us at any time for more information or to speak with your dentist about your surgical options.

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