A frenum is a piece of tissue in the mouth the extends from the lips, cheeks, or tongue to the gums. You can probably find one of your frenums by placing your tongue in the space between your upper front teeth and lip.

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The Problem

In some cases, a frenum may be too large, too strong, or positioned in the wrong location. This can result in several problems. Excessive frenums can prevent spaces between front teeth from closing during orthodontic treatment (braces) or cause the teeth to separate after treatment. High frenum attachments can actually pull the gums away from the teeth resulting in gum recession and root exposure.

The lingual frenum, that attaches the tongue to the lower arch, can be positioned too high. This causes the patient to be tongue-tied and can severely limit the tongues mobility and/or interfere with speech.

The procedure

  • A frenectomy procedure is designed to eliminate these potential problems by repositioning, reducing, or relaxing the frenum. Dr. Seale can discuss with you if a frenectomy is needed and the expected benefits of this treatment.

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Our step by step process to get you back the smile you deserve.

  • 01. Clear communication

    Dr. Seale and his staff will be happy to help guide you through treatment processes to ensure that you understand your options and benefits.

  • 02. Diagnosis

    During your initial exam, Dr. Seale will evaluate your specific needs by performing a thorough examination.  He will then advise you of your best treatment options.

  • 03. Treatment

    Each patient is different and Dr. Seale will recommend treatment to set the patient up for the best possible chance at success.

  • 04. Maintenance

    Periodontal maintenance is a professional cleaning procedure where a hygienist thoroughly cleans the teeth. Maintenance care is critical to maintain a healthy beautiful smile.

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