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Fremont area dentist explains why a frenectomy may be needed

Drs. Sambhav Jain, Arpana Gupta, and Shivani Gupta are dentists at the Center for Implant Dentistry in Fremont. They help patients of all ages with a wide variety of dental concerns. This includes general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry procedures. However, they also deal with other issues such as soft tissue grafting and reconstructive surgeries. This may include that of a frenectomy.

A frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure that is done to remove or reposition the frenum. The frenum is muscle tissue that appears on the top and bottom of the mouth. The top one is called the labial frenum and it attaches the upper lip to the gums, while there is also a lingual frenum, which attaches the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. These are rarely an issue, but there are times when they may obstruct normal function and even cause spaces between the two front teeth.

The most common frenectomy is the labial frenectomy. This is often done before braces are placed because it can make it difficult to reposition the teeth into their proper locations. Most dentists will wait until patients are older and the upper permanent teeth are fully erupted before performing this procedure. Then, orthodontics can be completed to move the teeth together and eliminate the gap between them.

A proper diagnosis must be done to determine if the frenum is the cause of specific problems within the mouth. This is done during an oral examination at the Center for Implant Dentistry. We may take x-rays during this time to assess the health of the entire smile before determining if a frenectomy would be beneficial.

If you live in or around the area of Fremont and want to learn more about frenectomy procedures, now is a great time to contact our team at the Center for Implant Dentistry. Drs. Sambhav Jain, Arpana Gupta, and Shivani Gupta are here to assist patients with oral health concerns that may be limiting their ability to eat or speak properly – or to achieve the smile they’ve always wanted!

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