Laser Frenectomy

Laser Frenectomy in McKinney, TX

If you’ve been told that you or your child should have a frenectomy procedure, you may be caught off guard about what that will entail. Dream Family Dental wants to help you understand that a frenectomy is a simple procedure that can be performed in our McKinney, TX dental office.

Defining Laser Frenectomy

As defined, a frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure to remove the connective tissue membrane of the tongue or lip that attaches one surface to another.

When Your Child May Need a Frenectomy

Your child may need the procedure if they are showing any symptoms of difficulty in breastfeeding or speaking. However, with early intervention, a frenectomy is a quick procedure that corrects these issues almost immediately.

When You May Need a Frenectomy

As an adult, you may need the procedure because of jaw pain, difficulty in eating, or you’re having trouble talking, kissing, or playing certain instruments.

An Overview of Symptoms

As an overview, some symptoms that may appear in early childhood to adulthood include:

  • Speech issues
  • Eating issues
  • Difficulty moving food in the mouth
  • Swallowing
  • Frequent open mouth
  • Snoring or loudly breathing when sleeping
  • Sleep apnea or mouth breathing
  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontal disease
  • Allergies/ sinusitis
  • ADHD or behavioral issues

As you can see, the symptoms are lengthy and varied; but this list is by no means inclusive of everything. To learn more about frenectomies in McKinney, TX, and whether you or your child should have the procedure, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

Understanding the Procedure

The procedure itself, which only takes about 15 minutes, can be done with either a scalpel or laser. Younger patients typically require a general anesthetic since the procedure requires that the patient remain still. But older patients typically only need local anesthesia.

What to Expect Afterwards

After the procedure, over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen will be recommended to manage any pain which typically does not last for more than a day or two.

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Call or schedule an appointment with Dream Family Dental if you’d like additional information on frenectomies and how they can improve the quality of life for you or your child in McKinney, TX.

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