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Gentle Family Dentistry of Leesburg | Frenectomy in Leesburg

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Dr. Adam W. Arria, DDS

19 Catoctin Circle NE, Leesburg, VA 20176

703.737.0070

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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 an
d 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.

 
 
 
Leesburg Dentist | Frenectomy. Adam Arria is a Leesburg Dentist.