The frenum is the attachment between either the tongue and mouth floor or the inside of the upper lip and gums. Normally, these connections cause no discomfort or obstructions. However, some people experience problems with the frenum that lead to the inability to function normally. When this occurs, a frenulectomy may be necessary.
Most people are not even aware of the frenum in the mouth. In certain cases, it is malformed and causes the tongue to become “tied” to the bottom of the mouth. This often occurs in children and hampers proper speech and eating abilities. Also, the frenum on the top of the mouth may cause a big gap between the front two teeth, which can be extremely painful. When this becomes an issue, a frenulectomy must be performed.
What is a Frenulectomy?
There are different ways to complete a frenulectomy. Most commonly, a periodontist will cut the frenum and release the tension that has grown. It is usually performed on young children with a topical anesthetic. After the frenum has been cut or removed, stitches are used to reposition the tissue in the mouth to a normal appearance.
What to Expect After a Frenulectomy:
Positive benefits are seen immediately after surgery. The procedure is finished quickly, and slight pain will last only a few days. After a frenulectomy, the area will be sore, red, and swollen, and slight bleeding may occur. It is essential to keep the area clean. Healing should be completed within a few weeks.
If you are worried that your child may need a frenulectomy, you should consult with an experienced periodontist. At Stoner Periodontic Associates, we strive to provide patients with quality care that maximizes their oral health. For more information about this procedure or any dental topics, call one of our offices today.