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Unless you have a child with a large or restrictive frenum, you may not be familiar with the term frenectomy. The bands of tissue that attach your lips to your gums between your upper and lower center teeth are called frena. You have two of them. Problems such as tongue-ties or a diastema occur when the frena are too thick, bulky, or too long. A simple surgery can fix the problem so that your child develops normally.
Traditional periodontal surgery requires shortening or removal of frena using the scapel-and-stiches method. Laser dentistry eliminates the need for a painful surgical treatment by using laser light energy to reduce the inhibitive tissue of the frenum. You can expect little to no bleeding, only mild discomfort, and faster healing times with laser dentistry.
Other Laser Dentistry Procedures
In addition to frenectomies, laser dentistry provides comfortable solutions for gingival sculpting, or reducing a gummy smile. We can also use dental lasers to improve periodontal health by eliminating damaged tissue or bacteria and promoting regenerative tissue growth when recession occurs.
If you have gums that look too prevalent or cover too much of your teeth, creating the look of a gummy smile, we can help you with gingival gum sculpting right here in our Nederland, TX dental office.
Sometimes the appearance of your gums can ruin an otherwise beautiful smile. Your teeth may appear too short or small because of excessive gum tissue. Gingival gum sculpting, when used with dental restorations or on its own, can result in a beautiful outcome.
Why Use Laser Dentistry?
We use laser energy to perform periodontal surgeries at Nederland Family Dental because laser dentistry has a number of benefits over traditional surgeries:
- Faster healing times – We can precisely remove tissue, leaving healthy tissue behind. Laser dentistry cuts and seals gingival tissue, eliminating the need for stitches.
- Greater comfort – Laser treatment is more comfortable than traditional surgery. Patients experience shorter downtimes and can get back to eating comfortably faster.
- Greater precision – More precise gingival sculpting is possible with laser dentistry of the super fine light beam that is used.
If you have a gummy smile or would like more information about what to expect with gingival gum sculpting, contact our Nederland, TX dental office and schedule a consultation.
Lasers are one of the biggest advances when it comes to soft tissue surgery. Dental lasers take gum surgeries to the next level by providing comfortable treatment, faster healing times, and reduced bleeding – all features that our patients really appreciate. Laser surgery does not require stitches and heals within days.
Common Uses for Laser Dentistry
One common use for dental lasers is performing frenectomies. In our Southeast TX dental office, we offer frenectomy treatment painlessly.
Your child may need a frenectomy if the thick band of tissue that attaches the upper or lower lip to the gums is too restrictive or bulky. The upper frenum can cause a large gap between upper teeth. A large lower frenum often results in a “tongue-tie” and may negatively impact your child’s speech development by inhibiting the natural movement of their tongue.
Using light energy, we reduce the size of the frenum. The mouth heals very quickly, and your child will experience little discomfort. In most cases, any discomfort that is experienced can be managed with an over-the-counter pain reducer, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Dr. Gomez will discuss the best option for your little one.