A Frenectomy Can Improve Speech and Other Functions


If you or your child an abnormally formed frenulum under the tongue or lips that interferes with speaking and other functions, a frenectomycan be performed to alter the tissue and eliminate obstruction. Dr. John W. Dovgan in Phoenix, AZ, provides laser-assisted frenectomies. This approach results in gentler treatment, reduced bleeding, and a shorter recovery period. Dr. Dovgan has been serving our community since 1989. Our team is dedicated to high-quality dental care, and we strive to create a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for our patients.

Abnormal frenal tissue
Abnormal frenal tissue can interfere with speech and other functions. By altering this tissue with a laser, we can eliminate the obstruction.

Types of Frenectomies

There are several frenula in the oral cavity. Although most function normally and go unnoticed, they can be problematic in some instances, indicating treatment. There are two different types of oral frenectomies:

  • Labial: Sometimes called a lip-tie, a labial frenulum connects the upper and lower lip to the gum tissue. When a labial frenulum is connected too high, it can cause spacing (diastema) to occur between the teeth, and can also lead to gum recession. Depending on the patient's stage of life, needs, and personal goals, Dr. Dovgan can provide a referral to an orthodontist who can provide treatment to correct any spacing issues caused by a lip-tie.
  • Lingual: Ankyloglossia, commonly called a tongue-tie, occurs when the tissue connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth is too taut, or attached too close to the tip of the tongue. Children who are born with a tight lingual frenulum can experience significant limitations in movement, resulting in issues with speech and swallowing. By surgically incising the tissue, a lingual frenectomy allows more freedom of movement.

Your Frenectomy Procedure

Frenectomy procedures are traditionally performed with a scalpel. Dr. Dovgan uses a laser because of the many benefits it provides his patients. When you undergo a frenectomy at our office, we will administer local anesthesia for your comfort, numbing the gums and surrounding tissues.

Once you are comfortable, Dr. Dovgan will carefully release the frenulum using the dental laser. Because the laser cauterizes oral tissues, there is typically no need for sutures.

Recovering from Your Frenectomy

You may experience some slight discomfort for two to three days following the frenectomy, although most patients are comfortable enough to resume normal activity immediately. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, can be taken to reduce any swelling or discomfort. A gentle swish with warm salt water can help soothe the treatment area and keep it clean. Normal brushing should resume, but you must be careful to avoid the gum tissue for the first week. Full healing typically occurs within seven to 10 days.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you or your child is suffering from complications due to a frenal attachment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dovgan to find out if a frenectomy is the right solution for you. You can call our office at (602) 867-1899 or contact us online anytime. Thanks to our compassionate care and advanced technology, you can expect comfortable treatment providing valuable long-term benefits.

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3841 E Thunderbird Rd,
Ste 101
Phoenix, AZ 85032

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The Perfect Autumn
The Perfect Autumn
16:57 08 Oct 19
As a new patient, I recently visited this dental office and left very pleased after my first visit. Both the dentist and his staff were very warm and welcoming. I hadn't been to a dentist in a few years and this alone was adding to my uneasiness about setting up an appointment for an exam, and then dealing with which dentist to choose on top of it all? (Like many things, putting off a visit to the dentist is never a wise move.) After sorting through many reviews I then settled on Dr. Dovgan's office and was glad I did. Both Dr. Dovgan and his staff had me feeling very at ease in no time. I found this dental location to be equipped with all the latest modern technology, very stylish & clean and not rushed for time...nowadays, a pleasant surprise. (...Also, special praise here to dental hygienist "Sonata" for her gentle approach and also for really taking the time to conduct a thorough exam and cleaning of my teeth & gums. Thanks, Girl!!) Additionally, also nice was the ample, easy access parking and the comparability in pricing to the many other dentists out there. :)Upon leaving I felt I had made the right choice for myself in trusting Dr. Dovgan and his team of professionals with my dental concerns and I learned that even though my end results were not perfect ( -due to my own actions- ), they were better than anticipated and attainable. If you've (too) been playing dental roulette, procrastinating out of fear of the unknown ( -"unknown as in: "what's really going on inside my mouth??" -or- "which unknown dental office should I choose from??"- ) then this dentist and his team may be the place for you to try, as well. I wouldn't hesitate at all in recommending Dr. Dovgan's dental services. Thank you for my positive visit to the dentist!! :)Remove review
Samantha Henson
Samantha Henson
17:38 25 Apr 19
I’ve been coming to this office for the last 18 YEARS (since I was 7 years old) and I love Dr. Dovgan! I never understood how anyone could hate going to the dentist before because I loved going to mine. He’s gentle, charismatic, and extremely knowledgeable in many different aspects of dentistry. The family feeling is great with the staff and they have always been so accommodating to my scheduling needs. I loved his practice so much growing up that I decided to join the dental field myself. I’d highly recommend anyone to come to his office.
Julia Sanders
Julia Sanders
20:30 28 Aug 18
I have always hated going to the dentist, but I've finally found a place that I like going to! The staff is extremely friendly and Dr. Dovgan is great at what he does. I always have a great experience with my cleanings and today I had a filling done by Dr Dovgan and it was fast and pain free! I would definitely recommend him. Thank you for making me feel at ease
Karenlee Thorpe
Karenlee Thorpe
17:40 01 Jun 17
I have been a patient of Dr. Dovgan for approximately 2-3 years. My experiences have been extremely positive. The staff are very efficient, friendly, professional, knowledgeable and helpful. Dr. Dovgan is an excellent dentist He has assisted me with difficult dental issues. I have had absolutely no problems with his work. He is friendly, helpful, professional and extremely competent. I would have no hesitation to recommend Dr. Dovgan and his office for any dental needs.
Kathleen Garast
Kathleen Garast
19:24 31 May 17
Dr. Dovgan and every member of his staff that I have met represent the perfect blend of a highly professional, efficient and welcoming facility. They are up to date on the latest procedures, they are willing to take the time to explain what is going to be done and they stand behind the work they do always assuring my complete satisfaction. I've had a range of work done from simple cleaning as well as complex procedures and I have been totally satisfied with the care, the cost and the results. I am happy to do this review because I've had less than positive experiences elsewhere and I hope this review can guide others to a positive experience with Dr. Dovgan and his staff.
Robert Barbour
Robert Barbour
19:09 31 May 17
I have to admit, I am extremely difficult to please. Having work in large inbound call centers and dealing with nothing but complaints...all I can say about Dr Dovgan and entire staff is I have NO complaints! I only have praise and compliments! EVERYONE there is simply WONDERFUL.