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Frenectomy and What It is for
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Frenectomy and What It is for

You might have heard a simple oral surgery called frenectomy from your dentist. So, what is that? This oral surgical surgery is aimed at eliminating a frenum from the mouth. There are two types of frenum to be removed. The first one is labial frenum (labial frenectomy), a muscular tissue connecting the gums between two upper central incisors and the inside of the upper lip. The presence of the labial frenum can cause a large gap between teeth, pain, and even gum recession. Before suggesting patients to take this treatment, dentists will first recommend wearing braces. If it does not work to correct the gap, frenectomy is performed.

Bilingual frenum removal gives a number of benefits to patients. First of all, it eases oral discomfort. Second, it enhances the function of upper front teeth to bite. For denture wearers, it makes the dentures stable. In addition, it offers aesthetic benefit in a way that gap between the teeth is eliminated. The second type is lingual frenum. It is a muscular tissue attaching the bottom of the tongue to the mouth floor. Depending on how far the frenum extends, it can cause children to feel uncomfortable and difficult to eat and talk. It is because large frenum causes the tongue difficult to move. By lingual frenum removal, patients can speak and eat in a proper way.

frenectomy before and after frenectomy and what it is for,

Frenectomy Procedure

There is a dental health term for such tongue mobility. Your dentist will call it ankyloglossia. Meanwhile, the majority of people understand this condition as “tongue-tied”. The symptoms of this condition can be noticed during childhood periods. You can tell that your infants have tongue tie when feeding as it interferes with feeding. However, this is rare. When your baby starts talking and she seems to have a hard time talking, it can also be a sign that she has lingual frenum. The signs get clearer in when the children get older. Due to the frenum under their tongue, they find it hard to stick their tongue out.

Just like gap caused by labial frenum that can be corrected using braces, tongue tie can correct itself without lingual frenectomy. Dentists will recommend their patients to visit a speech therapist first. In some cases, tongue exercises can improve the mobility of the tongue.

If braces or tongue exercises can help, frenectomy is the solution. The procedure uses a laser or a scalpel. A laser frenectomy is more popular because it minimizes bleeding and pain. It is a bit more expensive than scalper surgery, though. Because it is a simple surgery, it usually lasts less than an hour with local anesthesia. It takes about two weeks for frenectomy to heal completely. You will need painkillers to relieve pain. You can recover faster if you keep your mouth clean. Rinsing the mouth with salt water is very helpful as well as brushing and flossing. Your dentist may ask you to see him back after a week to check the recovery progress and remove the stitches if they are not dissolvable.

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