Frenectomy (Gum Treatment): Case 2: Reversing Recession with a Frenectomy and Gum Graft
In this case, our patient came to our office after finding us online and hearing from her friends about our office. She was suffering from recession in her lower front teeth which was the result of a frenulum (frenum) pull and her anatomy. The exposed tooth structure (recession) had left the patient with terrible sensitivity and the loss of tissue support made her tooth very weak. She was also at increased risk for developing cavities on that newly exposed root as it is much weaker than enamel. Our plan was to perform the procedure without having any impact to the way the patient looked on the outside (i.e. smile / lip-line, chin position etc). Here we took a 2-step approach where we first dealt with the major cause of the problem: the frenum. Then our next step was to perform a gum graft using the most advanced techniques. Once the procedure was completed, the patient noticed immediately how different her gums looked and felt. The sensitivity went away! Please Note: There are 2 sets of images. In the first set, you can clearly see the frenum (looks like a rope) pulling the gums below the center teeth. In the after image, you can see there is no longer any more frenum to pull. In Set 2, the center tooth which has recession (yellow coloring of the root) was given a gum graft to thicken the tissue and lift the gums.
“Dr. Patil and his staff could not be more professional. They take the time to talk to you and explain what will be done. I am constantly surprised at how little pain is associated with the procedures they perform.” Jack T.