Frenectomies Bethesda and Washington, DC
The frenum is a muscle attachment that everyone has in a few places: most prominently under your tongue, and inside the front of your upper and lower lips. It most frequently poses no issue, however sometimes they are so prominent that they need to be treated. These situations include:
- Ankyloglossia (tongue-tied)
- Difficulty closing a space between upper front 2 teeth
- Gum recession
In these cases, a simple procedure, a frenectomy, is done to lessen it’s prominence or to remove it altogether. Your orthodontist, pediatric dentist, or general dentist will evaluate the area and to determine if it is posing any difficulty. In children, we often wait until around 12 years of age in order to see if the upper frenum under the lip is creating a gap between the two front teeth. Sometimes we will treat it earlier if it’s obvious that it will pose orthodontic or recession complications.
The procedure itself is very quick, taking up to approximately 15 minutes. It can easily be done under local numbing and it heals very quickly. Stitches will dissolve on their own and can simply be wiped away after 7-10 days.
Since it’s such a quick and easy procedure, it can frequently be done at the same time as the consultation. When you schedule your consultation, don’t hesitate to let us know if you’d prefer that.