What is a Frenectomy?
Even if you've never heard of the frenula, you rely on these little bits of tissue to execute vital processes on a daily basis. Frenula are the thinly stretched muscles that connect the upper gums to the upper lip and the tongue to the floor of the mouth. A person may experience "lip tie" or "tongue tie" if the frenula are too short. This can make eating and speaking more difficult. This is particularly problematic for children and infants, who may experience dietary deficiencies as well as problems with speech. Gum recession and gapped teeth are more prone to develop in those who have these conditions. A tongue tie can even affect the correct development of the jaw bones in a developing infant. We can treat these issues with a frenectomy, which is performed by our team of board-certified periodontists on staff.
What To Expect With Frenectomy Procedure
A frenectomy is a simple but successful soft tissue procedure that restores the entire range of motion to the lips and tongue. The lingual frenectomy and the maxillary labial frenectomy are two types of frenectomies performed by our surgical specialists. During a lingual frenectomy, we numb the tongue before making an incision to detach the tongue from the floor of the mouth. With the maxillary labial frenectomy, we first numb the area of the upper lip and upper gums before removing the connecting frenulum. We stitch up the incision after either treatment and give it time to recover. Both are relatively simple procedures that will allow you or a loved one to resume normal daily activities without additional pain, concern, or difficulty!
Symptoms Of Tongue Tie and Lip Tie
Problems chewing food or breastfeeding
Difficulty extending tongue
Unable to or trouble touching the roof of the mouth with the tongue
Lips that don't close while resting
A notch in the tip of the tongue
A gap between the front teeth