What is a Frenectomy?
Have you ever heard someone say “tongue-tied” or “lip-tied”? As a dental professional, not only do I care about your teeth, but I care about your mouth as a whole. When either a tongue tie or lip tie is present, it can create problems presently, or further down the road.
Frenectomy: is the removal of frenulum, a small fold of tissue that prevents an organ in the body from moving its full range of motion. There are three spots on the human body where this can happen.
Why do tongue and lip ties occur?
There is a small tissue layer called the frenum that is attached to the lip (labial) and or the tongue (lingual). This piece of tissue (the frenum) is there to limit movement from the muscle to protect and prevent it from tissue damage. unfortunately if this tissue id to thick it creates more harm then good.
Some of the most common problems that arise from a lip-tie or a tongue-tie
The results of a Tongue-tie
The tongue-tie restricts the tongue from moving freely, you may find it moderate. For example, a task like licking an ice cream cone can be difficult. But a more aggressive tongue-tie can cause severe impairments such as:
- Difficulty latching as an infant while breastfeeding
- Trouble eating once solids are introduced later in infancy
- Speech impediments
- Pain and discomfort
- Periodontal issues (receding gum line)
- Tongue thrust
- Bite misalignment leading to orthodontics
The results of a Lip-tie
The lip tie can cause similar issues to a tongue-tie, but visually you will notice how far down the frenum is connected to the gums.
- Causes pain and discomfort
- Makes cleanliness of children's teeth more difficult
- Complications with nursing
- Leads to periodontal issues (receding gums)
- Results in misaligned teeth and bite (usually gap teeth)
The patient is given a local anesthetic and the procedure itself only takes 10 seconds. The doctor uses a Lightscalpel CO2 laser to release the lip or tongue-tie. This way of doing the procedure helps with the reduction of bleeding, thus, eliminating the need for sutures post operation. Check-ups will be held 10-14 days after the surgery
Recovery and Post-Op Care
Infant recovery is almost immediate and you can breast feed post surgery. While toddlers to adults look at more of a 7 day recovery, which is significantly less than the two weeks it used to be.
For post operation:
- Movement therapy and mouth exercises
- Any discomfort can be controlled with over-the-counter medication
- A small white scab will form that is the area of incision healing itself
- There is minimal chance of infection because the incision is used with a laser, but still rinse out your mouth gently after ever meal
- You can use your normal oral hygiene method, just be careful around the incision
- Try to avoid spicy and acidic foods during the first 10 days
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