Do you feel like you or your child do not have a normal range of motion in your lips or tongue? Is it difficult for you to pronounce certain words or phrases? Is it difficult to properly clean your upper teeth due to your lip being in the way?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may have excess binding tissue in your oral cavity and are a good candidate for a frenectomy. Our professionals at Advanced Dental Specialty Group can determine if you are in need of this procedure by conducting a simple oral exam. This procedure is quick and can improve the function of your tongue or lips.
What Is a Frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a surgical procedure that is utilized to remove excess binding tissue from your oral cavity. Binding tissue is the tissue that connects your lips to your gums and that connects your tongue to the base of your mouth. According to Healthline, approximately five percent of Americans experience improper development of this binding tissue on either their gums or tongue. This excess tissue can inhibit the normal function of your tongue or lips.
If you have excess binding tissue on your lips, this is known as being lip-tied. If the excess tissue is present underneath your tongue, this is known as being tongue-tied. Both of these problems can be corrected with a frenectomy. A frenectomy is virtually painless and can be completed in our office.
During the procedure, our team must first restrain you or your child. If your child is very young, our team may request that you sit in the procedure chair and hold your child. This is because any sudden movements could pose a risk of injury. After you or your child is restrained, our team will apply an anesthetic ointment to the procedure site to ensure that the procedure is painless.
Our professional will then simply cut the excess tissue with surgical scissors or a cauterizing tool. The cauterizing tool causes almost no bleeding and provides further protection from infections due to the heat. The area may be tender for a day or two, but you should be able to resume normal activities after that time.
After approximately one week, the area should start to develop scar tissue. Medications and follow-up appointments are generally not needed. However, our professional can prescribe an oral antibiotic if they feel you have an increased risk of infection.
Why Is a Frenectomy Necessary?
A frenectomy is necessary to provide you with a normal function in your lips or tongue. If you are lip-tied, your lips may not move enough for you to properly clean your teeth, making you more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. If you or your child is tongue-tied, this condition can hinder speech development and make it more difficult to eat. Tongue-tied infants may not be able to breastfeed properly.
If you believe that you or your child are tongue or lip-tied, our team at Advanced Dental Specialty Group can easily diagnose the condition through an oral exam. They can then correct the issue by using a frenectomy and ensure that your child’s speech development is not delayed. You can schedule your appointment by calling our team at 385 381-6464.