Oral surgery is an approach to the treatment of oral problems through surgical means. It may involve both functional and aesthetic concerns relating to any part of the mouth, including hard and soft tissues such as the mouth, teeth, gums and jaws. Oral surgery is often used to address severe dental problems, or when traditional dental strategies are not adequate.
For many soft tissue problems, oral surgery is the only form of treatment. A frenectomy is a common soft tissue surgery that involves the removal of the frenum –a muscular attachment between two tissues. There are two frena in the mouth – underneath the tongue and inside the top lip. When the frenum underneath the tongue is too short, the condition is known as ankyloglossia, or tongue-tie, which interferes with normal tongue movements such as eating and speaking.
A prominent frenal attachment inside the top lip can cause a diastema (gap) in between the upper centrals, which is most common where there is a thick, fibrous, upper labial frenum. It can also cause a localised gum problem.
If you suffer from any of the above symptoms, be sure to contact Mary River Dental to make an appointment.