Tissue Grafting with a Multi-Disciplinary Approach

Before and after gum recession comparison with gum grafting treatment in Bloomfield Hills, MI

Meet our patient AK. She presented to our office with the chief concern “My teeth are uneven, yellow and too long. I’m also losing my gum. Can you fix this?”

Dr. Anderson completed minimally invasive soft tissue grafting for AK in a single hour and a half appointment under IV conscious sedation. AK returned to her nursing job 2 days later and reported minimal downtime and discomfort. Note the more proportional tooth length and more esthetic gingival (gum) symmetry reached after her tissue was moved down to cover the roots.

Tissue is now thicker, stronger, and more resilient.

Dr. Anderson allowed 3 months for the tissue to mature before the general dentist placed conservative veneers to correct the shape and color of her teeth. AK loves her new healthier and more aesthetic smile!

Please see above for before and after photos for our patient AK!

As a diplomate and board certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson provides services involving dental implants, periodontics, tooth loss, implantology, crown lengthening, cosmetic dentistry, and plastic surgery in Birmingham, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Troy, Ferndale, Royal Oak, and surrounding Oakland County, Michigan. To schedule your consult please call (248) 480-4910

What is a Frenectomy?

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A “frenum” is a small muscle attachment found on the upper lip, lower lip or under the tongue. For some, the frenum is attached in a location which can lead to developmental and functional problems. A “frenectomy” involves moving this muscle attachment with a dental laser (ER:YSGG Waterlase) to a more anatomical location during a 20-40 second procedure. In Dr. Andersons practice, she uses the laser as a gentle and non-invasive method to remove the frenum without bleeding or discomfort compared to traditional blade frenectomy techniques. Please see below for specifics regarding frenectomy of the tongue, upper and lower lip.

Tongue
An initial oral examination is recommended at birth to identify and treat constricted tongue anatomy known as a “tongue tie”. A constricted tongue may prevent normal swallowing and breathing patterns as the child grows along and is correlated with complications with “latching” during breastfeeding.

Upper Lip

The muscle attachment of the upper lip can be located coronally or “low” which may prevent the front two teeth to touch together, causing a space. An upper lip tie can also affect craniofacial development in severe cases. Typically, the frenum is removed in conjunction with braces to close the gap. If not removed, the frenum may cause the gap to reopen.

Lower Lip

Gum recession can be caused by a frenum pull when the attachment is located too high. In most cases, the frenum can be moved down to stop further progression of the recession or mucogingival defect. Early diagnosis and treatment is highlighted as a preventative protocol in periodontics.

Dr. Andersons 10 year old patient (pictured above) presented to Anderson Periodontal Wellness for a same day consultation and laser frenectomy of the upper lip. See above for before and immediately (1minute) after the frenectomy. This 20 second laser procedure does not usually require traditional anesthetic “numbing shorts” but rather topical anesthetic “numbing jelly” prior to laser use. “CC” tolerated the frenectomy very well and her parents reported no bleeding, pain or change in activity after the procedure!


As a diplomate and board certified periodontist, Dr. Lauren Anderson provides services involving dental implants, periodontics, tooth loss, implantology, crown lengthening, cosmetic dentistry, and plastic surgery in Birmingham, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Troy, Ferndale, Royal Oak, and surrounding Oakland County, Michigan. To schedule your consult please call (248) 480-4910