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C. Richard Gerber, D.D.S. | Frenectomy in St. Marys, WV

C. Richard Gerber, D.D.S.
Providing Family and Cosmetic Dental Services

314 Barkwill Street
St. Marys, WV 26170

(304) 684-2204


A frenulum is a piece of tissue that prevents an organ from moving. There is a frenulum that attaches your upper lip to the gums, while another connects the lower lip to the gums. A frenulum that is too short or thick, can cause problems in speech patterns and tooth misalignment. In infants, a shortened frenulum underneath the tongue will inhibit breastfeeding. When the frenulum disrupts movement, growth, or development, corrective action is necessary to resolve the situation.

A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure.  Dr. Gerber performs the procedure with a laser.  The procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes.  The laser causes very little bleeding and usually does not require stitches.  A laser also results in less postoperative discomfort and a shorter healing time.  If your child needs a frenectomy, there is nothing to worry about.  The procedure is very successful and causes minimal discomfort.