A frenectomy (also known as a frenuloplasty, frenulectomy, frenulotomy or frenotomy) is the removal of a frenulum, which are soft tissues attached to the muscles of the cheeks and lips.
When an upper frenum is attached too high on the gums, it can causing recession or spaces between teeth and when a lower frenum is attached too close to the end of the tongue, it can cause speech impediments. This is sometimes referred to as being “tongue-tied” or as “ankyloglossia”.
A mouth guard called a “brux guard” efficiently and effectively reduces pain, prevents permanent teeth damage, and reduces clenching as much as possible.
A brux guard is a bite plate that can be fitted easily and accurately at chairside in minutes, resulting in a safe, comfortable and efficacious solution for bruxers. The secret of brux guards are in their combination of plastics that create a bite plate that is soft against the teeth but hard at the base to eliminate bite-through.
Whether or not bruxism causes pain and other problems depends on:
Chronic bruxism puts repeated pressure on the muscles, tissues, and other structures around your jaw, which can lead to more serious jaw problems to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Unfavorable symptoms of TMJ may include (but are not limited to):
"It is important to identify and treat symptoms of TMJ early in order to avoid severe and chronic future jaw pain. Treating the underlying bruxism is a necessary first line of defense! Don’t wait until bruxism limits your daily/nightly activities and enjoyment in the things you love! If you have trouble sleeping at night, you might also be interested in our sleep test and sleep treatment. We have a home sleep study to determine whether or not you could benefit from a snoring appliance that can help you sleep better at night"
—Dr. Ted Reese