A Complete Guide to Adult Frenectomy in Glendora

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Your mouth has intricate components that work together to help you speak, eat, drink, and smile radiantly. Most people have two small bands of tissue located around the teeth and gums. If this tissue impairs oral function, a procedure called a frenectomy can solve the problem and improve your oral health.

Although frenulectomy (or frenectomy) sounds a little scary, the procedure is not as intimidating as it sounds. Anna Lee, DDS can perform an outpatient procedure to remove the restrictive tissue and help restore your confident, healthy smile.

Read on to discover more about frenectomy surgery, recovery, cost, and benefits, or give our skilled and friendly Glendora dental team a call to schedule your consultation! See our infant frenectomy page if you have questions about the procedure for your child.

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What is a Frenum?

The term originates from the Latin “frenulum” and means “little bridle,” which is appropriate given its purpose is to hold structures in place. A frenum is a small fold of tissue that helps anchor two body parts together. You have several throughout your body, (even in your brain and your digestive tract) but there are two common types of frenums found in the mouth, a lingual or a labial frenum.

Maxillary Labial Frenum

A piece of tissue that attaches your gums and upper lip in the area right above your top front teeth. You may be able to feel it when you move your tongue around in the space between your upper lip and your teeth.

Lingual Frenum

This frenum connects the floor of your mouth to your tongue and can sometimes extend to the tip of the tongue, a condition more commonly known as “tongue-tied.”

Your lips, cheeks, and tongue move separately from your jaw, and frenums help them remain properly aligned. If a frenum is unusually thick or short, it can pull teeth out of alignment, cause speech problems, make it difficult to eat, and even create chronic pain or soreness in the jaw.


What is a Frenectomy?

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Dr. Ann Lee uses advanced laser technology to perform a frenectomy, which is a quick and minimally invasive procedure to release the frenum. In the case of a lingual frenum, the procedure allows the lip and tongue to move freely and normally immediately after the surgery. A frenectomy is performed in our office as an outpatient procedure and requires only a local anesthetic.

What Happens After a Frenectomy?

Many patients hardly notice the effects of the surgery, and there is only minor swelling or pain. Most adults who have the procedure are very excited to experience the unrestricted movement immediately. After the surgery, the area may look white and gray, but this is a normal part of the healing process. To achieve the best possible outcome, it is important to do the stretching exercises and return for your post-operative appointments so Dr. Lee can ensure you are healing properly.

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Benefits of Frenectomy Surgery?

A frenectomy procedure is very low-risk and can provide many benefits, including:

  • Reduce fatigue, low energy, or brain fog
  • Eliminate dry mouth or mouth breathing
  • Reduce fatigue from sleep apnea or airway obstruction
  • Decrease snoring
  • Correct lisping
  • End chronic neck, shoulder, or back pain
  • Stop jaw pain (TMD/TMJ)
  • Reduce migraines
  • Stop teeth grinding
  • Alleviate anxiety and depression
  • Improve digestion
  • Reduce the risk of periodontal diseases

Frenectomy in Glendora and the Greater Los Angeles Area

Since 1989, Dr. Anna Lee has been providing exceptional oral health care in Southern California. She is dedicated to improving access to oral health care for everyone, including those with special needs. Frenectomy surgery is one of the many specialties she offers to infants and adults, along with compassionate service and educational support. Contact our professional team today for more information about frenum removal and other comprehensive treatments for optimal oral health.

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