An oral frenectomy is a relatively simple procedure that can be performed in-office. In recent years, frenectomies have become more common. Speak to Dr. Nuttall today about the process and benefits of a frenectomy.
What is Frenectomy?
A frenulum is a small fold of tissue that connects one part of your mouth to another. In some cases, we may need to remove or modify a frenulum to improve the function and health of your smile; this type of treatment is called a frenectomy. The two most common types of frenectomy are lingual frenectomy and labial frenectomy.
The lingual frenulum connects the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. If this frenulum is abnormally short or thick, it can result in a condition known as ankyloglossia, or tongue-tie. This often inhibits the patient from chewing, eating and speaking properly. To alleviate these problems, our friendly dentist may recommend a frenectomy. A labial frenectomy is used to remove the frenulum that attaches the top lip to the gums above the front teeth. In some cases, this frenulum can cause recession of the gums, contribute to a gap between the upper front teeth or cause problems for denture wearers.
What is the frenectomy process like?
The frenectomy process is simple and quick. Our dentist uses Waterlase® laser technology to ensure a quick, comfortable, and effective treatment. Typically complete removal of a frenulum can be done in just one visit to our office, and we will ensure that you or your child are comfortable during the entire treatment. We will also provide you with detailed care instructions to ensure proper healing.
What is frenectomy recovery like?
Recovery after a frenectomy is performed generally won’t have complications. Generally, you’ll be asked to keep the treated area clean. For adults who have had a frenectomy, you’ll need to limit the foods that are eaten for the first couple days after the procedure. If food gets trapped in the affected area it could cause an infection. Oral antibiotics may be prescribed to prevent infections or complications from occurring. After a day or two, healing should begin in the area. After a week, you’ll notice improvement and the area will start to scar over. At this time you’ll be able to resume your normal activities.
Frenectomy Treatment in Auburn Washington
Dr. Nuttall offers frenectomies to help you improve your oral health and function. We welcome you to call us today for more information and to schedule your next appointment.