A frenectomy procedure, also known as a frenulectomy surgery is an operation in which the frenulum is removed. The frenulum refers to any small portion of tissue which restricts the movement of other mobile tissue or organs.
Frenectomy surgery is most commonly performed as a dentistry procedure on both adults and children alike. Frenectomy dental surgery can be categorized according to the area in which it is performed:
In recent years, more and more medical centers started recommending laser frenectomies as an alternative to traditional surgical frenectomies.
Most patients requiring a frenectomy surgery fall into one of the following categories:
Patients who wish to get dentures or braces – patients who want to get braces, Invisalign or dentures may face certain problems while wearing them due to a larger frenulum. The dentures themselves can also fall out because of a tighter or longer than usual frenulum.
Patients with speech difficulty – the frenulum can also affect the person’s ability to speak properly. In this case, a specialist will have to be advised in order to see if undertaking the procedure can improve speech.
Newborns – certain babies can be born with a shorter, longer, or tighter than usual frenulum, and this situation can lead to complications such as difficulty with breastfeeding. Luckily enough, the procedure can be performed safely on young patients too.
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