SOFT TISSUE TREATMENTS - Associated Oral & Implant Surgeons

Effective Frenectomy and Gingivectomy Care

Soft Tissue Treatment From Experienced Surgeons

Those with a gummy smile or a tight frenum restricting the movement of their tongue or upper lip may benefit from gingivectomy or frenectomy soft tissue treatments at Associated Oral & Implant Surgeons. While often considered a cosmetic fix, these treatments also provide numerous health benefits to patients’ smiles as well. Excessive gum tissue that causes a gummy smile can be a breeding ground for bacteria and potentially cover cavities or buildup of plaque. For those with a tongue- or lip-tie, a tight piece of tissue restricts movement and can often be painful. Our oral surgeons are exceptionally qualified to perform these treatments and can do so with minimal discomfort or complications.

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What is a Frenectomy?

When the frenum holds the tongue too tightly, it can make speaking and eating difficult as the tongue cannot move as freely. A lip frenum can cause a gap to form between the two front teeth and often prevents the lips from closing fully. Frenectomy soft tissue treatment involves the gentle severing of the tissue that is holding the tongue or lip in place, freeing them for proper movement. Frenectomy treatment is often a prerequisite for orthodontics or being fitted for dentures.

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What is a Gingivectomy?

When a patient has excessive gum tissue around their teeth, often called a “gummy” smile, it can make teeth appear shorter and allow bacteria to hide and thrive. With a gingivectomy, this excessive gum tissue is gently removed to enhance the appearance of the teeth. Gingivectomy soft tissue treatment is also used if a cavity has formed under the gum line as a way to access the location for treatment. If periodontal disease has affected gum tissue, infected gums can be carefully removed to leave only healthy tissue behind and improve oral health.

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Why Choose Associated Oral & Implant Surgeons?

Frenectomies and gingivectomies are commonplace procedures for our doctors and do not typically take very long to perform. With our minimally invasive techniques and experienced care, you will be back to your regular routine after a short healing time. Many times, we can combine a frenectomy or gingivectomy treatment with another procedure and complete both during one appointment. Our oral surgeons, provide you with:

  • Advanced surgical experience
  • Exceptional patient care
  • Sedation dentistry for anxious patients

Get experienced soft tissue treatments at Associated Oral & Implant Surgeons.

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