Here at Willow Glen Dental Specialists, we want to ensure that you are informed about your frenectomy treatment from beginning to end. Continue reading to learn more about this dental procedure.
About Frenectomy Treatment
The frenum is a type of connective tissue inside the mouth. There are three primary types of frenum:
- Labial frenum: Connects the lip tissue to the gum tissue between the front two teeth on both top and bottom
- Lingual frenum: Connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth
- Buccal frenum: Connects the gums to the inside of the cheeks inside the mouth
During a frenectomy, the connective frenum tissue is removed. This is done for a number of reasons, including:
- Orthodontic issues: In some cases, the frenum tissue becomes overextended. When the tissue impedes the gum line, it may cause issues with the growth and alignment of the teeth. In many cases, a gap will form in the mouth.
- Issues with the tongue: If the lingual frenum is elongated, it may hinder the tongue’s ability to extend. This may lead to difficulties with chewing, swallowing, and speech.
- Developmental issues: If an infant experiences abnormal growth in the lingual frenum, it may eventually lead to a speech impediment if it is not diagnosed and removed in time. This is commonly known as being “tongue-tied”, clinically referred to as ankyloglossia.
About The Procedure
The frenectomy procedure is usually performed by an oral surgeon. The oral surgeon will first ensure that the patient is completely numb using local anesthesia. They will then quickly and efficiently remove the entirety of the frenum. In most cases, the procedure takes only about 10 to 15 minutes.
Recovery is usually very simple. It is usually recommended to stick with a limited diet to ensure that food does not become trapped in the area and lead to infection. Oral antibiotics may be prescribed in order to minimize the chance of infection, as well. The site of the procedure will take just over a week to heal. After this time, the patient can return to their normal diet and no longer need to take any further precautions.
Can The Procedure Be Performed with a Laser?
In most cases, the procedure will be done with either a scalpel or surgical scissors. In some cases, the oral surgeon will opt for the use of a laser, otherwise known as a cauterizing instrument.
The use of a cauterizer is always preferred whenever possible, as it minimizes the amount of bleeding that occurs and the risk of infection.
Willow Glen Dental Specialists is here to answer any questions you may have about your frenectomy treatment in San Jose. For more information or to get scheduled, give us a call at (408) 478-9081.