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Frenectomy Glendale, AZ
A frenum is a band of tissue in and around the soft tissues of the mouth, more specifically the gums and teeth. There are different types of frenum: lingual, labial or buccal.
Lingual frenum - a band of tissue between the tongue base and the floor of the mouth. When it is hyperactive or excessively limiting , in this region it is called Ankyloglossia. This commonly is referred to as being "tongue-tied". An ankylotomy procedure is required to allow for improved eating, speaking or self-cleansing.
A Labial frenum is a thin band of tissue which typically attaches the movable tissue of the cheek/lip (non-keratinized tissue) to the attached tissue (keratinized) around teeth. When located in this region it can lead to periodontal problems and /or orthodontic issues. It can restrict the teeth from coming together appropriately. In the case of a patient who wears upper/lower prosthesis', the frenum can limit the ability of the patient to tolerate normal prosthetic function and thus, is commonly relieved.
When the frenum is positioned inappropriately/excessively it can limit tongue movement in the case of a lingual frenum or it may lead to soft tissue recession in the case of a labial frenum.
The frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure. The attachment is conservatively relieved to address the specifics of its situation and return the patient to more normal, less restrictive function. It is well tolerated.
The necessity and the timing of the procedure is individualized based on the age, limitations and dental development of the patient. Please consult with Dr. Allard and his team to decide how the specifics of your case should be best approached.
Even the most minor changes in your intraoral tissues should be addressed as soon as possible. If you notice any changes in your intraoral tissues, call Arrowhead Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery today at (623) 738-2564 to schedule an appointment.