Periodontics for Teens


Frenectomy

A frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure performed to release the connection of the “frenum,” a connective muscle between two tissues. There are two types of oral frenectomies that are frequently performed on both adults and children for a variety of reasons.

A Labial Frenectomy, or lip release, is performed on the tissue that connects the lip to the gums. This may be performed on children or adults to aid with orthodontic treatment or even help with the proper fitting for a denture or appliance.

A Lingual Frenectomy may also be referred to as the release of tongue-ties (ankyloglossia). This procedure is performed on the connective tissue under the tongue. The procedure is often performed on patients to assist with nursing or on toddlers or older patients who need the surgery to help correct speech issues caused by limited movement.

Gingivectomy

Gingivectomy or gingivoplasty are surgical techniques that improve the health of the teeth and supporting gum tissue. Often these surgical techniques result in improvement in esthetics or look of the smile by reducing excess gum tissue.

A gingivectomy is the removal of overgrown or unhealthy gum tissue around teeth. Removing excess and unhealthy gum tissue aids in oral hygiene and removes bacterial pockets around the teeth.

A gingivoplasty is a procedure to help reshape the healthy tissue around the teeth once the diseased tissue is removed. It helps blend in the existing gum tissue and helps sculpt the gum tissue.

Soft Tissue (Gum) Grafting

Soft tissue grafting is a procedure used to treat gum recession. Different factors such as gum thickness, tooth position, genetics, and brushing habits can cause recession of the gums. Gum recession is a progressive condition and without treatment will lead to further and further root exposure and loss of attachment. Exposed roots can easily decay and cause tooth loss. Gum grafting is used to add gum tissue onto the exposed roots. Gum tissue can be harvested from the roof of the mouth or taken from a donor graft. Soft tissue grafting can replace lost gum tissue, prevent further gum recession, and even improve the look of your smile.