What is a Frenectomy?

What is a Frenectomy?

Your first question may be, “What is a frenectomy?” and the answer to that is simple. Stanford Medicine describes it as “the procedure in which the frenulum is cut.” The frenulum is the tissue that connects the underside of the tongue to the bottom of the mouth, and there is another that connects the top lip to the gums. When the tissue under the tongue is too tight, it is  known as being “tongue-tied.” The good news is that the solution is quick.

Is a Laser Frenectomy Better?

There are two options when it comes to releasing this tissue, using a scalpel or a laser. When comparing these two methods, there are differences to note. What are the benefits of laser usage:

  1. There is less bleeding immediately after the procedure
  2. Quicker healing
  3. Decreased risk of infection
  4. Less discomfort with speaking

For more information, you can read about the outcomes of a frenectomy using a laser versus a scalpel which was published in the International Journal of Applied Dental Sciences

What Does the Procedure Involve? 

A local anesthetic is typically applied to the area prior to the procedure. This allows the frenectomy to be performed without any pain. The procedure is quick, only taking about a couple of minutes per sitel. If the tongue tie or lip tie is more complex, a few sutures may be required to close the incised area. 

What Does Recovery Look Like?

Within two to three days following the procedure, you will see white tissue starting to form. This is new healthy tissue, and the healing process has begun. Complete healing can take up to several weeks depending on how involved the repair was. For the first few days, you should limit the foods you choose for your child to eat. If food gets stuck in the area of the procedure, it could increase the risk of infection.

Sheer Smiles is Your Frenectomy Specialist

Sheer Smiles offers premiere laser dental services to patients in the Frisco, Texas area. If you are searching for a dentist near you that specializes in laser frenectomy, call us today! We are available to answer any questions you may have about the procedure. You can reach us at (972) 987-0787 or click here to book your appointment online.