About Frenectomy: Definition, Procedure, Benefits

At Thomas Family Dental in Columbia, MO, we believe in transparency and describing all our processes. Our mission is to provide not only top-notch dental care but also support and understanding to all our patients, ensuring they feel comfortable and informed every step of the way. One of the widely availed procedures we offer to enhance oral function and comfort is the frenectomy. But what exactly is a Frenectomy or Frenulum surgery? Do you or your child need a frenectomy? Let’s explore this common dental procedure together.

What is a Frenectomy?

A frenectomy is a simple and often necessary procedure aimed at improving oral function and overall comfort. It involves removing or adjusting a frenulum, a small fold of tissue in the mouth. Depending on the placement of the Frenulum, there are two primary types of frenula in the oral cavity:

  • Labial Frenulum: This small piece of tissue connects the upper lip to the gum above the front teeth, with a similar one beneath the lower lip.
  • Lingual Frenulum: This tissue connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. When these frenula are unusually short, tight, or thick, they can restrict movement, leading to a variety of oral health issues.

Who Needs a Frenectomy?

At Thomas Family Dental, we prioritise your well-being and strive to offer solutions tailored to your individual needs.

Here are some common reasons why a pediatric frenectomy might be recommended:

  • Speech Issues: A tight or thick frenulum under the tongue (often referred to as tongue-tie) can hinder tongue movement, resulting in speech difficulties.
  • Breastfeeding Challenges: In infants, tongue-tie can complicate breastfeeding, leading to poor latch, feeding issues, and discomfort for both the baby and mother. Dentists often recommend this process for babies to ward off latching or feeding issues.
  • Orthodontic Concerns: An overly tight labial frenulum can contribute to spacing problems between the front teeth or gum recession.
  • Dental Hygiene Challenges: Restricted tongue movement can hinder proper oral hygiene practices, increasing the risk of cavities and gum disease.
  • Comfort and Functionality: An abnormal frenulum can lead to discomfort, pain, or difficulty in daily activities like eating, speaking, and swallowing.

The Four-Step Frenectomy Process at Thomas Family Dental in Columbia, MO

Rest assured, the frenectomy procedure with us is conducted with precision, care, and comfort in mind. Here’s a step-by-step overview:

  • Consultation and Examination: Your journey begins with a thorough examination by our experienced dental team to determine if a frenectomy is necessary. We take the time to listen to your concerns, discuss symptoms, and review your medical history. Only after the examination do we proceed to further steps.
  • Local Anesthesia: To ensure your comfort throughout the procedure, we administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the frenulum.
  • Frenulum Modification: We delicately remove or adjust the frenulum using advanced surgical techniques to improve mobility and alleviate any issues you may be experiencing.
  • Post-Procedure Care: Following the procedure, we provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to promote healing and minimise discomfort. While Frenectomy healing times may vary, most patients experience a swift recovery and can resume normal activities shortly after their visit.

Frenectomy Benefits

Opting for a frenectomy at Thomas Family Dental can yield a host of frenulum removal benefits, including:

  • Improved Speech and Articulation: Addressing tongue-tie can enhance speech clarity and articulation. It significantly improves speech and communication.
  • Enhanced Breastfeeding Experience: Resolving tongue ties can improve latch and feeding comfort for nursing infants and their mothers.
  • Better Dental Hygiene: With increased tongue mobility, maintaining proper oral hygiene becomes easier, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease.
  • Orthodontic Alignment: Resolving issues related to an abnormal frenulum can aid in achieving proper tooth alignment and gum health, supporting overall oral health and aesthetics. A maxillary frenectomy procedure can help by eliminating the chance of developing a gap between the front teeth.
  • Enhanced Comfort and Functionality: By addressing discomfort and functional limitations caused by an abnormal frenulum, you can enjoy improved comfort and functionality.

Why Choose Thomas Family Dental?

At Thomas Family Dental, we understand that every patient is unique, and we’re dedicated to providing personalized care that meets your specific needs and exceeds your expectations.

Our compassionate team has extensive experience in performing frenectomies and is committed to ensuring your comfort and satisfaction throughout the entire process.

With state-of-the-art techniques and technologies, we deliver exceptional outcomes and strive to make your dental experience as pleasant and stress-free as possible.

Our commitment extends beyond the procedure; we offer full support and assistance to help you manage any discomfort during your recovery.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

If you or your child is experiencing issues related to a tight or abnormal frenulum, we encourage you to take the first step towards improved oral health and comfort by scheduling a consultation with our friendly team at Thomas Family Dental in Columbia, Missouri. Whether you prefer to give us a call at 573-449-2858 or Contact Us, we’re here to support you on your journey to a healthier, happier smile.

At Thomas Family Dental, your oral health and well-being are our top priorities. Join us today and experience the exceptional care you deserve.