What is a Frenectomy?
A frenectomy is the removal of a frenulum from an area within the mouth. It is not uncommon to have a frenulum, both on the upper lip as well as below the tongue. However, when this connective tissue is too hard or too thick, it can cause issues involving movement. This may cause you to have a hard time opening your mouth all the way or lifting your tongue when eating. A frenectomy simply involves cutting this piece of connective tissue so that mobility is restored.
Why is a Frenectomy needed?
Frenectomies can be performed on both adults as well as children. You may need this procedure if you are having trouble smiling fully or lifting your tongue without it feeling “stuck” or immobile. While some people live their whole lives needing this procedure, your quality of life can improve thanks to the work that has been done. Frenectomies are incredibly simplistic procedures and are done as out-patient oral surgeries.
Who is a candidate for a Frenectomy?
Our doctors will examine your teeth and gums. We will check for the frenulum as well as its size and depth. This will give us an idea of whether or not you will need to undergo a frenectomy. We recommend that if you need this procedure, you have it done as soon as possible to prevent future problems and to improve your quality of life.
What happens during a Frenectomy?
The frenectomy often begins with an anesthetic or sedative that is used to numb the area or put you into a deeply relaxed state. Our doctor then uses a laser to quickly cut the frenulum. This helps it to move more freely, providing you with the mobility to smile fully as well as to lift your tongue. Sutures aren’t often placed, since the connective tissue should be able to heal on its own. You will then go home with aftercare instructions to help the area to heal properly.
If you would like to come into our office to consult about a frenectomy, call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our staff members. We have budget-friendly discount plans, low wait times as well as many amenities that include a snack and beverage bar.