At Creditview Dental in Mississauga, our dentists perform frenectomies to remove a frenum when it is limiting movement in the mouth, most commonly in babies and children.
What is a Frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure to remove a frenum from the mouth when it is too tight or short and limits movement in the mouth. This procedure can be performed at any age, but is most common for babies and children.
Types of Frenums
A frenum is a small piece of tissue that connects your cheeks, tongue or lips to your gum area. The restriction of any of these frenums is a natural condition that babies are born with.
- Lingual Frenum (Tongue Tie)
Lingual frenum is the tissue that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. When this frenum restricts movement in the mouth, it’s referred to as a tongue tie.
- Labial Frenum (Lip Tie)
Labial frenum is the tissue that connects the lips to the bottom of your upper and lower gums. When this frenum restricts movement in the mouth, it’s referred to as a lip tie.
- Buccal Frenum (Cheek Tie)
Buccal frenum is the tissue that connects the gums to the inside of the cheeks. When this frenum restricts movement in the mouth, it’s referred to as a cheek tie.
A frenectomy procedure usually lasts only 10 to 15 minutes, where your dentist will cut the frenum to free the tongue, lip or cheek.
Recovery generally takes about two weeks, during which time the patient may receive pain medication to help with any soreness.
Proper aftercare procedures include keeping the area clean and avoiding unnecessary movement of the tongue.
Why Perform a Frenectomy?
Leaving a baby with a restricted frenum may lead to problems with breast feeding and latching. It could eventually lead to complications later in life, such as speech difficulties and orthodontic problems. If you find your child may be tongue, lip or cheek-tied your doctor may recommend you see an experienced dentist to perform a frenectomy.
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