Frenulectomy in Leesburg, VA
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Although the name may sound intimidating, a frenulectomy is a common procedure that is performed to address a variety of medical issues related to the frenulum, but most commonly issues in the mouth of children and occasionally adults. During this simple procedure, the patient’s frenulum is either clipped or removed.
What is a Frenulum?
The frenulum is a small piece of tissue connecting your tongue, cheeks, and lips to your gums. Your body has several different frenums, but the most common frenums that require a frenulectomy are found within the mouth.
The two most common frenums are:
- Lingual Frenum: This frenulum connects your tongue to the floor of your mouth, and can occasionally run to the tip of a patient’s tongue, which in turn causes them to be “tongue-tied.”
- Maxillary Labial Frenum: This frenulum is responsible for attaching your gums and upper lip above your upper two front teeth.
Neither of these frenums serve a necessary purpose, so removing them does not result in loss of any function. If either of these have developed in a manner that is problematic, your dentist may schedule a frenulectomy, which will remove the problematic frenulum.
At Lansdowne Dental Care, we are committed to working diligently to help you receive the oral health support you need. If you or your child are scheduled to have a frenulectomy, or if you have any questions about the procedure, please contact us at 703.844.4403.
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Because the frenectomy procedure is so non-invasive, there is generally no special post-treatment care you need to follow. It is important, however, that you schedule a follow up appointment to make sure that the treatment is successful and heals the way it is supposed to. There are times when a second frenulectomy will be required to optimize the treatment, but this is very rare.
At Lansdowne Dental Care, we are committed to providing you and your family with quality dental care that you can afford. The final cost of your procedure will be determined by your specific insurance plan. Our office is happy to assist you in helping you understand and best maximize the benefits detailed in your specific contract, though we do require that you bring a copy of your benefit booklet so we can help you decide what approach is best for you. It is important to note: not all procedures are covered by benefits in all contracts. We accept Cash, Check, or Credit card, as well as 3 rd party financing options.
Scheduling your appointment for this checkup is your first step towards a confident, healthy smile. To begin your journey towards the perfect smile, please contact us to set up an appointment for procedure at 703.844.4403.
At Lansdowne Dental Care, we treat every patient like a member of our family and are committed to changing lives by creating beautiful smiles!