Frenectomy & Vestibuloplasty
An oral frenum is a fold of tissues that connects two structures inside your mouth. High frenal attachment may interfere with orthodontic closure of midline space between two upper central incisors. Aberrant frenal attachment may overtime contribute to gum recession, and this often occurs on the lower central incisors. If the aberrant frenal attachment is located at the base of the tongue (known as “tongue-tie”), the individual may have difficulty in speech, feeding and swallowing. Frenectomy & frenuloplasty is a procedure where the frenum is removed or reduced.
The following is an example of an individual who has a tongue-tie that was removed.
An oral vestibule refers to the space lined by the cheek side of your teeth and the inside of your cheek. Frequently, individuals who have lost a majority of his/her teeth for many years may have “shallow” vestibule that could interfere with denture seating. In addition, many individuals who have dental implants may also have shallow vestibule around the dental implant sites. Vestibuloplasty is a procedure by which the depth of the vestibule is re-created to allow for proper denture seating and to create room for the toothbrush to enter and clean the teeth/dental implants.