Our Wetaskiwin dentists perform frenectomies for babies, children and adults when the frenum is restricting oral function.
A frenectomy is a simple oral surgery to remove a frenum when it is restricting oral function. Frenums are small folds of tissue that act to connect areas within your mouth, such as your cheeks, tongue, or lips, to your gum area.
They are a normal part of the mouth and do not normally cause issues. However, if they cause any restrictions with eating or speaking, your dentist can perform a frenectomy to relieve the condition.
Frenectomies are fast-healing, and require no anesthesia.
Because frenum has few nerves and is very thin, the procedure involves very little pain.
Your dentist will simply cut the frenum, freeing your tongue, lip or cheek. The procedure usually lasts only 10 to 15 minutes.
Below are the most common types of frenums:
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 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 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.