In some instances, the muscle (frenum) that attaches the lip to the gum or the tongue to the floor of the mouth is too large or too strong. This can cause the teeth to grow apart or prevent the teeth from coming together through orthodontic appliances, or even cause a speech impediment. In these cases, a frenectomy releases the muscle attachment through a minimally invasive procedure, allowing the teeth to develop without interference.
Frequently Asked Questions about Frenectomy
What is a frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a quick and simple surgical procedure that involves releasing a tight frenum. A frenum is the connective tissue that attaches the lip to the gum or the tongue to the floor of the mouth.
A frenectomy can be accomplished using a simple scalpel or using a laser. Dr. Fritz and Dr. Schuldt employ a scalpel to perform a frenectomy to ensure complete control.
Is a frenectomy painful?
A frenectomy is a relatively painless periodontal procedure. Most people aliken it to feeling like a burn from a hot slice of pizza.
Most patients do not report needing any pain medication during their healing period.
Can an infant require a Frenectomy?
Yes. Sometimes a baby may need a frenectomy if they are unable to latch and effectively breastfeed because of a strong frenum pull.
It is important to speak with your obstatrician, midwife, and/or lactation consultant to determine if this is an appopriate procedure for your child.
Do you have a specific question about your experience with a frenectomy?
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