A frenectomy is a dental procedure aimed at improving oral function and health by removing or modifying a small fold of tissue known as a frenulum. These frenula can be found in various parts of the mouth, and the two most common types of frenectomy are lingual frenectomy and labial frenectomy.
The lingual frenulum is the tissue that connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. When this frenulum is unusually short or thick, it can lead to a condition called ankyloglossia, commonly known as tongue-tie. Children with a tongue-tie often face challenges in chewing, eating and speaking properly. In such cases, a frenectomy is recommended to alleviate these issues.
On the other hand, a labial frenectomy involves the removal of the frenulum that connects the upper lip to the gums just above the front teeth. This frenulum can sometimes cause gum recession, contribute to the development of a gap between the upper front teeth.
The frenectomy procedure is a relatively straightforward and efficient process. Typically, it can be completed in a single visit to Longhorn Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. Our experienced pediatric dentist and team will ensure that your child is comfortable throughout the procedure. Additionally, detailed post-treatment care instructions are provided to ensure proper healing and recovery.
If your child is experiencing oral issues from tongue-tie or lip-tie, we encourage you to contact our office today at 512-892-2443 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Reza Arzegar. Our dedicated team is ready to provide you with more information about frenectomies in Austin, Texas, so that you can make an informed decision about your child’s care.