What is a Frenectomy?

A frenectomy is a procedure that involves cutting one or more of the frenulums in the mouth. A frenulum is a type of connective tissue that can cause immobility if it is too thick or too short. The two most common frenulums in the mouth that require this procedure are underneath the tongue and behind the lips. Frenectomies help to restore mobility to your lips and tongue, improving your quality of life.

Why is a Frenectomy needed?

The most common reason for needing a frenectomy is because a frenulum is too short or too thick. This is a simple birth defect that is incredibly common and can be dealt with easily during an out-patient surgical procedure. Most often, frenectomies are performed on children, however, many adults who never received treatment can benefit from having the procedure done. Frenectomies are simplistic surgeries that require minimal recovery time.

Who is a good candidate for a Frenectomy?

We will examine your teeth and gums to determine if you may need a frenectomy. Most patients who require the procedure will have mobility issues that can affect their everyday life. You may not be able to lift your tongue all the way, which could result in speech impediments. You might even have problems smiling fully because of a short or thick frenulum.

What happens during a Frenectomy?

The procedure begins with an anesthetic and sedative that is used to numb the area and relax you. We then create a small incision across the frenulum. This opens up the connective tissue so that it is not so tight. The frenulum will heal on its own, and most patients do not require sutures after surgery. You will be given aftercare instructions to ensure that the mouth heals properly following treatment. If you need more than one frenectomy done, we will discuss when and how to receive treatment and if you would like it to be done in one appointment.

If you think you might benefit from a frenectomy, call us today so that we can get you in for a convenient appointment.