A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure designed to address issues related to the small folds of tissue in the mouth called frenula. These frenula can sometimes hinder proper oral function or cause discomfort, necessitating their removal or modification for improved oral health. There are two primary types of frenectomy procedures: lingual frenectomy and labial frenectomy.

The lingual frenulum connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. When this frenulum is unusually short or thick, it can result in a condition known as ankyloglossia, or tongue-tie. Tongue-tie can hinder essential functions such as chewing, eating and speaking. To alleviate these challenges, our skilled dentists can perform a lingual frenectomy.

On the other hand, a labial frenectomy involves the removal of the frenulum that connects the upper lip to the gums above the front teeth (also known as a lip tie). In some instances, this labial frenulum can contribute to gum recession, create a gap between the upper front teeth or cause discomfort for individuals wearing dentures.

The frenectomy procedure is typically straightforward and swift. Our experienced dentists can typically complete the frenulum removal in a single office visit, taking care to ensure the patient’s comfort throughout the process. Detailed post-procedure care instructions will be provided to facilitate proper healing.

We invite you to contact Hills Park Dental today at 631-254-6596 for more information about frenectomies in Deer Park, New York, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Patricia Breen or Dr. Elyse Patrella.

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