The frenulum is a band of tissue that is found inside the mouth. In a periodontic treatment, a frenulectomy involves the splitting or removal of the membrane located near the tip of the tongue. The frenulum can cause a restriction in tongue movement. It can also cause swallowing problems, abnormal cosmetic appearance and speech problems. In many cases, this is referred to as tongue tie. Additionally, a frenulectomy is often called a tongue tie procedure.
The frenulectomy is a relatively simple procedure. It involves removing the frenulum underneath the tongue. When it is performed on children who are younger than three months old, no anesthetic is used. There is also little to no recovery time required. A baby can start feeding as soon as the procedure has been completed.
A mild anesthetic is usually used when a frenulectomy is performed on an older child. A cauterized or laser tool is used to separate the frenulum. This procedure should only take 15 to 30 minutes. However, a few stitches may need to be used. Dr. Jason C. Stoner and Dr. Daniel Murphy perform tongue tie surgery at their Dublin and New Albany offices in Columbus, Ohio. Please call (614) 889-8222 or click here to schedule an appointment online.