What is a frenum?

What is a frenum?

A frenum is a small fold of tissue that secures our lips and tongue to our mouths.  Sometimes, we experience structural disorders or abnormal attachments of our frenums.

An abnormal attachment can affect our speech, breathing, swallowing, our smile, and even the orientation of our teeth and gums.

We have a frenum under our tongue, known as a lingual frenum, and attached to our upper and lower lips (labial frenum).

A strong frenum pull under our tongue can cause a condition generally known as “tongue-tied”.  A strong frenum pull of the lips can cause a space between our front teeth or recession of our gums.

When a strong frenum pull impairs our oral health, sometimes a frenectomy is the answer.  To find out if you are an ideal candidate for a frenectomy, Dr. Fritz or Dr. Schuldt would be happy to see you for a consultation and to discuss your treatment options.

Care after a Frenectomy

Care after a Frenectomy

When a strong frenum pull impairs our oral anatomy, sometimes a frenectomy is the answer.  A frenectomy involves releasing the excess fold of tissue that secures the tongue to the floor or the mouth (lingual frenectomy) or the lips to the gingiva (labial frenectomy).

In many instances, there is very little post-operative pain and swelling following a frenectomy.  In fact, most patients describe it as having bit into a hot slice of pizza and burning their mouth.

A frenectomy is a simple and quick procedure that can performed at any age to improve our oral health and overall wellness, including in babies having difficulty latching and breastfeeding.

If needed, patients can take Ibuprofen for any pain and discomfort according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, but even this is often not needed.

To find out if you are a candidate for a frenectomy procedure, Dr. Fritz or Dr. Schuldt would be happy to have you visit our clinic for a consultation and to discuss treatment options with you.

Post-Dental Surgery Meal Planning

Post-Dental Surgery Meal Planning

Proper care after your periodontal surgery will help your mouth to heal quickly.  This includes a healthy, soft food diet.

At first, your temporary soft food diet may seem challenging, but with some planning you can ensure that you have all of the nutrients you’ll need for your body to heal quickly.

As soon as you are able (after your local anesthetic has worn off), start drinking nutritious fluids such as real fruit juices, milk, milkshakes, and fruit and vegetable smoothies.

REMEMBER: Do not drink from a straw for at least two weeks.  The suction and force created when using a straw will be disruptive to the sutures and the delicate healing tissues.

A general rule of thumb for the first two weeks following periodontal surgery is to avoid any foods that take more than 3 chews to swallow.

Avoid hot food or drink for the first two weeks.  The heat of your food can increase the flow of blood to the area and can cause your surgical site to bleed.

Just because your diet is of a soft consistency, it is still important to eat a variety of nutritious foods.  Below are some general guidelines according to Health Canada’s Food Guide and some examples of food choices.

Fruit & Vegetables

Consume at least 7 servings of soft fruit and well-cooked vegetables per day:

  • apple sauce
  • stewed or canned fruit
  • peas
  • smoothies
  • soups
  • well cooked or pureed vegetables (potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, turnip, other root vegetables)

Protein

Two servings of tender protein:

  • tuna
  • salmon
  • flakey fish served without a crispy coating
  • well-cooked poultry cut into small, bite-sized pieces
  • eggs
  • baked beans
  • lentils
  • Greek yogurt

Milk & Dairy

Two servings of milk or dairy products:

  • milk
  • calcium-fortified soy or almond milk
  • ice cream/frozen yogurt
  • yogurt
  • fruit sorbet
  • puddings
  • soft cheeses such as cottage cheese

Whole Grains

Chose whole grain foods over processed, simple carbohydrates:

  • porridge
  • oatmeal
  • cream of wheat
  • cereals without nuts or dried fruit
  • whole-grain pastas or noodles
  • soft bread without hard crust

Beverages

Make water your drink of choice.  It is important to stay hydrated.

Avoid alcohol and tobacco as much as possible during the healing period.