Frenectomy

How a laser frenectomy from your dentist in Monroe, Michigan can help you

A frenum is a thin section of soft tissue that attaches your lips to the area next to your gums, known as the alveolar mucosa. You can have problems if your frenum is attached too close to your gums and teeth. The tension created by lip movements can pull at your gums, causing your gums to recede and expose your teeth. A poorly-positioned frenum can also interfere with your speech. 

A lingual frenum preventing proper speech

A frenectomy is a surgical procedure used to cut and reattach your frenum in a better location so your gums and teeth aren’t affected by lip movements. Dr. Maria McMullin at McMullin Dental Care in Monroe, Michigan offers several dental procedures using state-of-the-art laser technology. A laser frenectomy is just one of the laser dentistry procedures she offers.

In the past, a frenectomy was performed by cutting the soft tissue with scalpels and other surgical tools. Dr. McMullin uses the revolutionary Waterlase system. Waterlase uses laser-energized water to cut soft tissue. There are many advantages to using Waterlase instead of conventional surgical tools. Consider that Waterlase:

  • Is much more precise and exact than conventional surgery, which means little to no scarring, less post-operative pain and less recovery time
  • Uses a cool water spray instead of heat generation, which means it’s much more comfortable than conventional surgical tools or conventional lasers
  • Often requires no sutures, making it far less invasive than conventional frenectomy surgery
  • Has less risk of infection, less side effects, and less bleeding than conventional frenectomy surgery

A laser frenectomy can be done in one appointment, quickly and comfortably. It is a common procedure, especially for children who are in the process of orthodontic treatment. To find out more about Waterlase, laser frenectomy, and other laser dentistry procedures, call Dr. Maria McMullin at McMullin Dental Care in Monroe, Michigan. Call now and find out more about laser dentistry with Waterlase!

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