Do you need a frenectomy?
A frenectomy is the removal of a frenulum. The frenulum is a small fold of tissue that prevents an organ in the body from moving too much. It is there to limit movement. However, in some cases, the frenulum is too short or tight and effectively does its job too well. This inhibited movement can cause difficulty with regular tasks like eating and talking or hurts proper development in children, leading to aesthetic problems.
Types of Frenectomy
There are three main types of dental frenectomy:
- Labial Frenectomy (upper lip): A labial frenectomy involves the frenum attaching the upper lip to the upper jaw. If the labial frenum is too short or tight, there are a few potential issues. For one, the ligament tissue can extend toward the two upper front teeth and lead to a diastema, or gap in the teeth. It can also create an “open mouth posture,” by limiting the movement of the lip and preventing the mouth from properly sealing. This leads to open mouth breathing, which in children impairs the development of nose breathing and by extension proper airway and jaw development. It can also cause gum recession.
- Lingual Frenectomy: The lingual frenum is the tight cord underneath the tongue that tethers the tongue in its resting position. If it’s too tight or short, it will restrain the tongue too low in the mouth. This is commonly referred to as being “tongue-tied.” In young children, this can hinder the growth of the jaw and cause long-term orthodontic problems and sometimes even sleep apnoea. It can also keep the tongue from pressing properly against the upper palate during swallowing – pressing it instead between the teeth and preventing the bite from closing all the way over time. Being tongue-tied is a common culprit for lisping too.
- Labial Frenectomy (lower lip): The lower lip frenectomy is done for similar reasons as the upper lip – generally to stop periodontal problems and gum recession. It is also performed on those adults who are being fitted for dentures. When the lips move, the frenum can pull the dentures loose, leading to an improper fit.
Dental Laser – Q & A
A dental laser is an instrument that produces a very narrow, intense beam of light energy. When laser light comes in contact with tissue, it causes a reaction. The beam of light produced by the laser has the ability to remove, vaporise, or shape soft tissues (gums, cheeks and tongue) or hard tissues (removal of decay).
Laser dentistry is wonderful because in many cases it will actually decrease any pain of a procedure and also reduce the need for you to require anaesthesia – no needles or injections. While no treatment is always painless, the laser may reduce the need for postoperative pain medication and may reduce swelling and bleeding.
Lasers have been used in dentistry since the 1990s. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has determined that lasers provide safe and effective treatment for a wide range of applications and as long as it is used by experts like at EGO Dental, it is at least as safe as other dental instruments.
Yes. You will be asked to wear special eyeglasses to protect your eyes from the laser light beam.
Use of a laser means that there is less blood during soft tissue procedures than there would be with more traditional treatments.
Dental Lasers – why?
How will a dental laser be beneficial to you?
Dental lasers have been around for more than twenty years. Lasers have revolutionised multiple industries and dentistry and oral care is no exception.
There are some great benefits to dental laser treatments:
- Dental lasers allow a more relaxed dental treatment
- Dental lasers often mean that no anaesthetic is needed – no nasty needle or injection!
- Dental lasers mean that there is very often a shorter healing time
- Dental lasers mean less bleeding compared with more traditional dental therapies
- Dental lasers remove bacteria
At EGO Dental, our experts are hugely experienced and conduct all laser treatments in accordance with the latest clinical practices and standards. If you would like to find out more, please feel free to discuss it with our laser experts and they will explain everything to you in detail. Please call us on 020 7222 5902 or fill in a form to book a consultation.
How is Laser used in Dentistry?
Lasers are being used in dental treatments since the 1990s. They are safe and very effective to use in a wide array of dental treatments.
Lasers have revolutionized multiple industries, and oral care is no exception.
A frenectomy is the removal of a frenulum, a small fold of tissue that prevents an organ in the body from moving too far. It can refer to frenula in several places on the human body. It is related to frenuloplasty, a surgical alteration in a frenulum.
How is Laser beneficial?
There are a lot of benefits to the laser treatments we offer at our dental clinic and practice:
- Laser allows a more relaxed dental treatment whereby no anesthesia needs to be administered and lesser time being consumed during the process
- Laser treatments are cutting edge and precise
- Laser treatment has lesser healing time and can remove bacteria and symptoms more quickly and effectively then traditional treatments
- It can control bleeding during surgery
- Laser causes less loss of blood as compared to other dental therapies
Is Laser safe?
Our clinic has professional Dental laser experts who are experienced in their fields and conduct laser treatments in accordance with accepted clinical practices and standards. However, after surgery, you need to put on special eye glasses to avoid any direct or prolonged exposure to the sun rays.
If you are not comfortable with the process or have any queries, please feel fee to discuss it with our laser experts and they will explain everything in detail until you are satisfied.