What Is A Frenulum And Why Do I Need a Frenectomy?
A frenulum is a piece of tissue that encases a muscle segment and restricts movement. There is a frenulum that attaches your upper lip to the gums, while another connects the lower lip to the gums. If the frenulum that attaches your tongue to the floor of the mouth is to short you will be “Tongue Tied”. A frenulum that is too short or thick, will cause problems in speech patterns and tooth misalignment. In infants, a shortened frenulum underneath the tongue will inhibit breastfeeding. Sometimes, a strong frenulum can cause gum recession. When the frenulum disrupts movement, growth, or development, corrective action is necessary to resolve the situation.
What Is A Frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure that is performed in our office. It can be performed with either a scalpel or laser and usually takes less than 15 minutes. Young children, infants and adults can have the procedure performed using local anesthesia. One or two sutures are placed and the patient returns in 7-10 days for a post-operative check and suture removal.