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Mount Hope Dental | Frenectomy in Mount Hope




The frenulum is a piece of tissue that connects the anterior lip to the gums. One frenulum attaches your upper lip to the gums, while another connects the lower lip to the gums. A frenulum that is too long or thick will cause problems in speech patterns and tooth misalignment. A long frenulum may strip away healthy gum tissue overlying the two central incisor teeth.

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. A laser also results in less postoperative discomfort and a shorter healing time. 

The pictures below show a frenectomy performed by Dr. Newby:

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Long frenulum that may strip away gum tissue overlying the two central incisors.     Frenulum being shortened with a laser. Notice the abscence of bleeding.     Completion of the frenectomy. Tissue healing will be complete in about 1 week.


Mount Hope Dentist | Frenectomy. Randy Newby and Dr. Katie Neidig is a Mount Hope Dentist.