Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery is the best practice in Atlanta to choose for a frenectomy procedure. It is highly likely those of you who have made it to this page of our website already have some knowledge about Frenulum(s) and Frenectomy. But, just in case you don’t or are not familiar we are going to discuss Frenula, their function, and specifically the purpose of a Frenectomy.
The mouth has multiple Frenulums. What are Frenula? The Frenula or Frenulums are a muscular attachment between two tissues in your mouth. Each frenulum in your mouth performs a unique function. We will outline below the types of Frenula and how Frenectomy can assist individuals with difficulties caused by the Frenula.
The Labial Frenulum is located on the inside of your upper lip right in the center. It connects the lip to the top of the teeth. The Labial Frenulum can create a gap between the two front teeth on the top. Additionally, it can pull your gums away from the jawbone. When a child still has their baby teeth, gaps between the front teeth are more common. Once adult teeth have fully developed, there is a higher probability for the gap to be eliminated. Braces can also correct the gap between your two top front teeth caused by the frenulum. If the gap in the front teeth is unable to be corrected by braces, frenectomy may be the best option to eliminate the gap.
The second type of Frenulum, is the Lingual Frenulum. The lingual frenulum is the piece of tissue that is located under your tongue in the middle. It connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. The medical term for a short or thick lingual Frenulum is Ankyloglossia. The term you will hear people use the most often when referring to the condition is “Tongue-Tied.” The term tongue tied is an accurate portrayal of what happens to an individual with a short or tough lingual frenulum. The tongue is not able to complete a normal full range of motion. Most Frenectomy surgeries involve the lingual Frenulum because it affects one’s ability to properly eat or speak.
A frenectomy is a relatively simple oral surgery to remove a frenulum or reduce negative impacts caused by frenula. Due to advances in technology, a frenectomy can be performed with more precision than ever before. Additionally, these same advanced technologies have allowed recovery time for patients to be drastically reduced. The tissues surrounding the frenulum are extremely delicate. Therefore, we perform each frenectomy with a level of precision that ensures you will have the optimal outcome.
It is difficult to determine on your own whether or not having a frenectomy is the right decision. Some individuals believe it is best to wait for the two upper front teeth to be fully grown before having a labial frenectomy performed. Additionally, other professionals would state that there is no such thing as a posterior tongue tie. However, many who state there is no such thing as a posterior tongue tie likely don’t have a good understanding of the relationship between the frenulums and an infant’s ability to breast feed. It is best to first consult with your dental professional first. However, it may not be that dentists’ area of expertise. Therefore, if you feel one of the frenula is causing an issue with speech, eating or oral hygiene, do not be afraid to ask for a second opinion. Ultimately, only a dental professional will be able to help you determine whether or not a frenectomy is the right decision.
Still have questions about frenectomies? Rockwell Oral and Facial surgery is here to answer any questions or concerns you may have about frenulums or frenectomies. We hope to be able to assist you with all of your oral and facial surgery needs.