If you need a more accessible version of this website, click this button on the right.Switch to Accessible Site

Fairfax Dentist | Fairfax dental care | | Frenectomy

John S.K. Hsu D.D.S. and

Virginia J.Chin D.D.S.,P.C.

HEALTHY SMILES DENTAL GROUP

(703)352-2500

Frenectomy
 

A frenulum is a piece of tissue that prevents an organ from moving. There is a frenulum that attaches your upper lip to the gums, while another connects the lower lip to the gums. A frenulum that is too short or thick, will cause problems in speech patterns and tooth misalignment. In infants, a shortened frenulum underneath the tongue will inhibit breastfeeding. When the frenulum disrupts movement, growth, or development, corrective action is necessary to resolve the situation.

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 and does not require stitches. A laser also results in less postoperative discomfort and a shorter healing time. Young children and infants are put under general anesthesia for the procedure and adults have the procedure performed using local anesthesia. If your child needs a frenectomy, there is nothing to worry about. The procedure is very successful and causes minimal discomfort.

 
 
 
Dr. Virginia Chin and Dr. John Hsu provide excellent dentistry including root canal procedures, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, veneers, invisalign and much more in Fairfax, Burke, Oakton, Centreville.