Have you been considering a frenectomy for yourself or a loved one? Our skilled periodontist, Dr. Robert McLeod, offers this specialized procedure to address issues related to the frenum, a small band of tissue in the mouth. A frenectomy can lead to improved mobility, enhanced speech and overall better oral function.

What is a Frenectomy?

A frenectomy is a straightforward surgical procedure aimed at removing or altering the frenulum, a small band of tissue that connects different parts of the mouth. This procedure is commonly performed on the labial frenulum, which connects the upper gum to the upper lip, or the lingual frenulum, connecting the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. An excessively tight or thick frenulum can restrict movement, leading to challenges with speech, eating and oral hygiene, particularly in children.

The Frenectomy Process

Taking the step towards improved comfort and function through a frenectomy involves several stages:

  • Consultation: Our periodontist will thoroughly examine the affected area and discuss the potential benefits of the procedure for your specific case.
  • Treatment Planning: A customized plan will be developed, detailing the approach and any necessary preparatory steps.
  • Surgical Procedure: Performed under local anesthesia, the procedure is quick and typically involves minimal discomfort.
  • Recovery: Post-operative care instructions will be provided to ensure a smooth and swift healing process.
  • Follow-Up: A follow-up appointment will confirm successful healing and address any further needs.

Benefits of a Frenectomy

Choosing to proceed with a frenectomy can offer a range of benefits, including:

  • Enhanced Mobility: Increased freedom of movement in the tongue or upper lip.
  • Improved Speech: Elimination of speech impediments caused by restricted tongue movement.
  • Easier Eating and Swallowing: Removal of difficulties or discomfort associated with eating and swallowing.
  • Dental Health Benefits: Easier access for cleaning, reducing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
  • Boosted Confidence: Especially in children, resolving speech and eating issues can lead to increased self-esteem.

Take the First Step Towards Improvement

If you are exploring the option of a frenectomy in Irvine, California, do not hesitate to get in touch with us at 949-857-9220. Dr. McLeod and our supportive team are ready to provide all the information you need and guide you through each step of the process, ensuring you receive the exceptional care and attention you deserve.

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