A frenectomy is a simple surgery that involves removing a piece of tissue called a frenum. Although there are many frenum throughout your body, when the term frenectomy is discussed, it is typically referring to an operation that removes a small tissue in your mouth.
Typically the frenum that is operated on is either the labial or the lingual frenum. These two pieces of tissue connect either the upper lip to the gum or the underside of the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. Here at Green Plaza Dental in Calgary, we want you to know all there is to know about dental frenectomies.
A frenectomy is performed when the frenum is either interfering with a patient’s ability to speak, eat, swallow, or is painful. Frenas, which are attached to the gum line in a way that is to close may also make it difficult to achieve good oral hygiene. Lingual frenum sometimes interfere with the ability to speak of younger children or even a babies ability to nurse.
In a lingual frenectomy, the area is thoroughly numbed before the surgery takes place. The oral surgeon then cuts the frenum and frees the tongue from its grasp. The resulting incision location is then sutured.
Typically a labial frenectomy is performed because enlarged labial frenum has caused a gap between the central incisors, or front teeth. However, this should not be considered as an option unless a child’s permanent teeth have come in. This is because when permanent teeth erupt from the surface they often have the size to close the gap between those front teeth. However, if this is not the case, the labial frenum can be removed surgically as well. Sutures for either operation are removed within about a week.
Frenectomies are typically performed with a scalpel however, many more oral surgeons are electing to start using lasers. This is because lasers are very precise and every incision is immediately cauterized as the cut is being made. This leaves the surrounding tissue undamaged and causes less scarring.
In any case, if you want to learn more about dental frenectomies in Calgary, AB, or you think you are eligible for receiving this procedure, please feel free to contact Green Plaza Dental in Calgary. We look forward to meeting you!