Arlington Family Dentistry | Frenectomy in Arlington, VA

Dr. Serdar Ozturk, DDS, FAGD
Dr. Richard Koh, DDS, MS


 

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2522 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22201

 

2522 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22201

Call Us: 703-243-1166

   
Monday & Wednesday: 8am to 5 pm

Tuesday : 10 am to 7 pm      Thursday : 7:30 am to 5pm

Saturday: 8am to 2pm

 

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.