If you or your child has a "tongue tie" or if the tongue has limited mobility that impedes on the ability to properly speak or chew, a frenectomy can significantly improve your overall oral functioning. Parvaz Mizrahi, DDS, MPH, is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who provides exceptional laser-assisted frenectomies at her practices in Beverly Hills, California, and the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
Frenectomy Q & A
What is a frenum?
A frenum is a thin band of connective tissue. You have two main frena in your mouth:
- Lingual frenum
Your lingual frenum connects the base of your tongue to the bottom of your mouth.
- Labial frenum
Your labial frenum connects the insides of your lips to the front of your gums. You have two labial frena, one at the front of your upper jaw and another at the front of your lower jaw.
What is a frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a procedure that reduces the size of your frenum. This is sometimes necessary in patients that have abnormally long or wide frenums, which can inhibit certain oral functions. An elongated lingual frenum can make it difficult to properly eat. This is particularly troublesome for children who are still nursing, in whom the condition is called “tongue-tied.” Tongue-tied children who go without a frenectomy typically end up experiencing difficulty speaking as they get older. Lingual frenectomies are simple procedures that Dr. Mizrahi can perform with minimal pain within the first few weeks after your child’s birth. An extended labial frenum presents orthodontic problems. A frenum that comes too far down and close to the gum line can disrupt the proper spacing and growth of your upper front teeth, creating a large gap between the middle two teeth.
What is involved in getting a frenectomy?
First, Dr. Mizrahi performs an assessment of your frenum in question. If she determines that your oral health would be improved by a frenectomy, she performs a quick and easy in-office procedure to treat the condition. Using a soft tissue laser, Dr. Mizrahi makes a precise incision in your frenum, effectively shortening it and improving your oral functioning. Because the laser cauterizes as it cuts, you’ll experience minimal bleeding and swelling. The whole procedure typically takes only 10-15 minutes.
What is the recovery from a frenectomy like?
Recovery from a frenectomy is fairly quick. You should be back to normal within a couple of weeks, during which time you can take pain medication to alleviate any discomfort. Most patients describe any postoperative pain as feeling similar to a “pizza burn” in your mouth.
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