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A gingivectomy is the surgical removal of the gum tissue around teeth. This is often completed when a person suffers from gum disease to trim away the damaged tissues and reduce the pockets between teeth. A gingivectomy may also remove gum tissue that is causing a “gummy” smile to improve the smile’s overall symmetry and tooth-to-gum ratio and to reduce excess tissue that is prone to infection. Sometimes a gingivectomy is used to gain access to more of a tooth in need of repair. Without excess soft tissues, a restoration like a dental crown can be securely and snuggly attached. Patients who complete this treatment experience improved dental function and better smile esthetics.
A frenectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the frenulum, or the tissue restricting the movement of the tongue or upper lip. Patients with tongue-tie or lip-tie can experience numerous functional problems associated with eating, swallowing, breathing, and speaking. A frenulum that grows abnormally can also affect the development of the two front teeth, creating a gap that orthodontics may not be able to close. A frenectomy in Nashville, TN is a fast procedure made painless with numbing agents and sedation. Infants, children, and adults who undergo this procedure experience better function, health, and confidence.