at Riverside Dental Group will tell you more about the procedures that are used to solve problems with the frena.

Lingual Frenectomy

When the lingual frenum runs to the tip of your tongue, it is sometimes referred to as tongue-tied.  Tongue function in a child serves a much greater purpose than being able to stick the muscle out at a peer that makes them mad. Generally, when a restrictive lingual frenum is identified in a child, surgical treatment will be recommended if the issue is impeding their ability to eat and speak normally. A lingual frenectomy procedure is relatively simple, and can be performed with nitrous oxide and a local anesthetic.

Maxillary Frenectomy

When someone has too prominent of a maxillary labial frenum, they are likely to present with a large gap between their upper front teeth. While some celebrities have turned this look into a trademark of sorts (Madonna, Elton John, Anna Paquin, Eddie Murphy) most people find a large gap to be cosmetically embarrassing when they smile. Treatment will usually be reserved until all of a child’s permanent teeth on top have erupted. The reason for this is that larger permanent teeth might be enough to push the space together. If not, a maxillary labial frenectomy can be performed. The procedure is virtually identical to the lingual frenectomy in terms of execution.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery from Moreno Valley Dentists

If you or anyone in your family is in need of a surgical procedure involving your oral health, or require any general dentistry services schedule an appointment at our Moreno Valley dentist office  by contacting us at (951) 697-6800. Located in the 92533 area, we proudly serve patients from Moreno Valley and all surrounding communities.