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Frenectomy

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:

tongue tie

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.

lip tie

Surgery

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

surgery 1 surgery 2

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:

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