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FAQ:  Frenectomy Surgery

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  • Frenulum Clip in Toddler: According to our dentist, my 2 year old was a very low frenulum. The dentist suggested that if it hasn't grown by her next appointment we should go ahead and get it snipped. I realize this is a realistically simple procedure however is it totally necessary? What if any, are possible complications if we chose not to get the procedure at this time? In your opinion, would you recommend we get the procedure now or wait until she is older? ...Visitor from MD     (answer)

  • The dentist told me that my daughter needs a frenectomy in her upper lip, I am afraid that her smile would be different. I sense that when she smiles all of her gums will show. So does it affect that? I am also worried that if we didn't do it will the gap in her teeth close when she gets her other teeth? ...Visitor from TN     (answer)

  • Frenulum Surgery: There is a frenulum that goes from the inner mouth to the gum between the two front incisors. Is it best to clip the frenulum before braces are installed or after braces are installed? ...Visitor from MO     (answer)

  • Pediatric Frenectomy causes scarring? My daughter is in need of a labial frenectomy. She has quite a large gap between her front two teeth. Although I think it's adorable, she is starting kindergarten this year and I do not want the other kids to give her a hard time. Years ago, our doctor had suggested waiting until she's 5 years old to get this done. We just went to a pediatric dentist and she was of this opinion: Getting the frenectomy done now may cause scarring tissue to form. If my daughter were to ever need braces, this tissue may prevent the braces from straightening these fron two teeth. She suggests getting the operation done at the same time as the braces, if needed. That will leave her with this gap until then. I am confused. ...Visitor from TX     (answer)

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