While many people automatically think of the teeth and gums as the only areas of the mouth that dentists can help improve, there are many facets of the mouth that will sometimes need attention. A laser frenectomy is a procedure that can help many of our young patients, but many parents don’t know it is an option!
There are several ligaments in the mouth that can have a negative effect on your overall oral health if they are too tight. The labial frenum, the ligament that attaches the gums to the upper lip, should connect to the gum around 4 mm higher than the gum’s crest. If it attaches too low, there are several issues that can occur.
The lingual frenum is the ligament attaching the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. When too tight, it can cause the literal appearance of being tongue-tied. It can have very dramatic negative effects on speech development. Luckily, lasers are able to fix these issues quickly, and minimizes recovery time!