This Simple Procedure Corrects a Host of Problems, from Speaking to Breathing
If you or your child has certain speech, eating, or orthodontic problems, then a tight or short frenulum may be the problem. There are three frenula in your mouth, and any one of them can be affected.
At Lakeshore Dental Specialists, our dentists can snip the frenulum to free it, solving related issues almost instantly. The procedure itself is quick, does not require anesthesia, and has zero downtime.
For such a simple procedure, a frenectomy has several benefits. It can improve both the health and appearance of your or your child’s smile. Speech, breathing, digestive, and periodontal issues related to a tight frenulum will see a rapid improvement after the treatment.
Children are the most common frenectomy patients we see at Lakeshore Dental Specialists. Frenal attachment issues may be apparent from infancy, but they may also occur through adolescence and adulthood. If you or your child has experienced the following, it could be a sign of needing a frenectomy.
To determine if a frenectomy is in you or your child’s best interest, we invite you to meet with the skilled doctors at Lakeshore Dental Specialists for a consultation.
The human mouth contains three frenula. Our dentists tailor the treatment based on what frenulum is affected.
Also known as an upper lip frenectomy, this procedure may be suitable for patients with gapped front teeth, upper lip pain, open mouth posture, or a prominent upper frenulum that gets in the way of braces.
Known as a lower lip frenectomy, this procedure involves freeing the frenulum that is located just below the lower middle teeth. This frenulum may be seated too high, causing issues for braces or denture wearers. Like other frenulum attachment issues, irritation, discomfort, and gum recession may occur or worsen if it is left untreated.
The lingual frenulum is located beneath the tongue. It tethers your tongue to the bottom of the mouth. A lingual frenulum that is too tight or short limits tongue movement, which can cause discomfort and difficulty speaking.
Patients with a tight lingual frenulum often describe it as being “tongue-tied” — and quite literally, that is what is happening. Lisping is also linked to a tight lingual frenulum. Without treatment, jaw growth and orthodontic problems are likely to result. Airway issues are another cause of concern. A lingual frenectomy loosens the lingual frenulum.
Your appointment starts with a discussion of your concerns, followed by an oral exam. If a frenectomy is determined to be in you or your child’s best interest, the procedure can take place on the same day.
A frenectomy is a fast procedure that involves a small incision to free the frenal attachment. Our dentists numb the area first to minimize discomfort. The entire procedure takes just a few minutes to perform. Dissolving stitches eliminate the need for stitch removal.
A frenectomy at Lakeshore Dental Specialists is a safe outpatient procedure with a high success rate. Contact our office today to learn more about your frenectomy treatment options. A patient care coordinator will reach out to confirm your appointment.
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