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FRENECTOMY

We Repair Tongue Ties With A Frenectomy

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The Frenulum and the Frenectomy

You may not have heard of them, but you rely on them. They are called frenula, and these little bits of tissue help execute vital processes daily. In the mouth, these thinly stretched muscles connect the upper gums to the upper lip (labial frenulum) and the tongue to the floor of the mouth (lingual frenulum). When the frenulum is too short, a person may experience “tongue tie” or “lip tie” and eating or speaking may become more challenging. This may be especially problematic for infants and children who may experience dietary deficiencies and speech difficulties as a result. In developing infants, “tongue tie” can affect proper development of the jawbone. Gum recession and gapped teeth are more likely to occur in persons with these conditions. Our board-certified periodontists can treat these conditions by performing a procedure called a frenectomy.

The Frenectomy Procedure

The frenectomy is a soft tissue oral procedure designed to remove a frenulum and restore the range of motion to the lips and tongue. Two types of frenectomies are performed by our surgical specialists – the lingual frenectomy and the maxillary labial frenectomy. During a lingual frenectomy, the tongue is numbed prior to making an incision to detach the tongue from the floor of the mouth. For the maxillary labial frenectomy, the areas of the upper lip and upper gums are numbed before removing the connecting frenulum. The incision is sutured and given time to heal. Both procedures are relatively simple and quick and allow for normal activities to resume without additional pain or difficulty.

Symptoms Of Tongue Tie and Lip Tie
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Problems chewing food or breastfeeding

Difficulty extending tongue

Unable to or trouble touching the roof of the mouth with the tongue

Strained speech

Lips that don't close while resting

A notch in the tip of the tongue

A gap between the front teeth

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