Inside the mouth there are few frenulums-pieces of soft tissue that attach the lips or tongue to the gums.There is a frenulum that attaches your upper lip to the gums, while another connects the lower lip to the gingiva. Also there is a frenulum underneath the tongue. Labial frenulum that is too short or thick, will cause problems in tooth misalignment or gingival recession. A shortened frenulum underneath the tongue will inhibit breastfeeding in infants and speech problems in older people. If the frenulum disrupts movement, growth, or development, surgical action is necessary to resolve the situation.
A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure that is performed in our office. It can be performed with either a scalpel or laser and takes less than 15 minutes. Using a laser causes very little bleeding and most of the times does not require stitches. A laser also results in less postoperative discomfort and a shorter healing time. For young children is recommended to have sedation with local anesthesia, while for the adults just local anesthesia might be enough. If your child needs a frenectomy, there is nothing to worry about. The procedure is very successful and causes minimal discomfort.