Why Choose

Dr. Peter Schott ?

  • 28+ Years Clinical Experience
  • Lectured to Dental Residents at Lenox Hills Hospital
  • Gives Workshops on Dental Awareness and Laser Dentistry
  • Advanced Post Graduate Training in:
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Laser Dentistry
  • Invisalign®
  • Private Practice with Dr. Harvey Schwaid in Manhattan
  • Greatest dentist and staff ever. Always the best service and care.
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  • Truly gentle dentistry, Dr. Schott is pleasant and personable, as are all the folks on his staff.
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  • It's worth my family's hour travel to get the best care. Dr. Schott and his staff are wonderful.
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What is a Frenectomy?

A lingual frenectomy is a simple, one visit procedure, to free the tongue from the floor of the mouth.

A frenum is a muscular stretch of tissue that connects and holds other tissues in place. Occasionally a frenum might be exceptionally short, thick, or tight, or may extend too far down along the tongue or the gum and results in lip tie or tongue tie. When a frenum is positioned in such a way it may interfere with the normal alignment of teeth, speech or constricts the movement of the tongue or lips. It can be corrected by a surgery called a frenectomy. A frenectomy is simply the removal of a frenum in the mouth.

There are two frena (the plural form of frenum) in the mouth that can sometimes obstruct normal function and are candidates for frenectomies. These frena are called:

Lingual Frenum: which connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth
Maxillary Labial Frenum: which connects the inside of your upper lip to your gums just above your upper two front teeth.

Sometimes, the lingual frenum can run all the way to the tip of the tongue, causing a person to be “tongue-tied.” If the attachment is extends all the way to the tip of the tongue, then a frenectomy may be the only choice to give the child normal tongue function.

The Frenectomy Procedure

A lingual frenectomy is a simple procedure and involves numbing the tongue with an anesthetic. A small incision is then made which will free the tongue from the floor of the mouth. The incision then will be sewn up to allow the tissue to heal.

A soft tissue laser is an alternative method to to address the issue. A soft tissue laser does NOT cut but uses light energy to “vaporize” the tissue with very little discomfort. Additionally there is almost no bleeding from the laser procedure. The healing is very quick with less risk of infection.

If you or your child is experiencing discomfort and is struggling this issue, contact us to schedule a free consultation.

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1005 Aquidneck Ave
Middletown, RI 02842

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