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Bellevue Dentist | WA |



12360 NE 8th St. Suite 250

        Bellevue 98005

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There is a frenulum that attaches your upper lip to the gums, while another connects the lower lip to the gums. A frenulum that is too short or thick, will cause problems in speech patterns and tooth misalignment. In infants, a shortened frenulum underneath the tongue will inhibit breastfeeding. "Tongue tied" is a common phrase to describe this attachment  when it restricts the use of the tongue; repair can be done with a soft tissue laser to retore function.  Frenulums in other areas can also gum recession on individual teeth.  Diastemas or "gaps" in the teeth (often between the upper front two teeth) are sometimes exacerbated by frenulums that are attached too close to the teeth causing the teeth to  spread apart.  Diastemas caused by a large frenulum attachments closed by orthodontics or crowns alone will often lead to a reversal of the treatment and the space will reform unless the frenulum attachment is addressed.  When the frenulum disrupts movement, growth, or development, corrective action is necessary to resolve the situation.

A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure that can be performed by scalpel or laser.  We use a soft tissue laser in our office to reduce trauma to the tissues often in less than 15 minutes. Using a laser causes very little bleeding and does not require stitches. A laser also results in less postoperative discomfort and a shorter healing time. Young children and infants are put under general anesthesia for the procedure and adults have the procedure performed using local anesthesia. If your child needs a frenectomy, there is nothing to worry about. The procedure is very successful and causes minimal discomfort.

Dr. Mike Hsieh and Dr. Stanford Chen strive to provide the best possible care with Dental Implants, Cosmetics, Veneers, Orthodontics (Braces, Invisalign), Oral Surgery, Endodontics (Root Canals), Periodontics (gums), Oral Sedation dentistry and Affordable Dental Care in Bellevue and Millcreek.