A Frenum is a fold of soft tissue or muscle connecting the lips, cheek, or tongue to the jawbone. Occasionally a frenum might be exceptionally short, thick, or tight, or may extend too far down along the tongue or the gum. This can cause issues with tooth alignment or be restricting the movement of the tongue or lips. Frenectomy can correct this problem with the frenum.
Orthodontics – Sometimes a frenum can be attached too high on the gums. This can cause either gum recession or spaces to appear between teeth. The procedure to remove this is called a labial frenectomy. The process involves the removal of soft tissue attachment between the two upper front teeth. Without treatment of the frenum, the gap between the teeth can extend and become more pronounced. This can occur even after the gap has been initially closed via orthodontic treatment such as braces or Invisalign.
Tongue Tied – A lingual frenectomy is the removal of the lingual frenum or the tissue under the tongue. If this particular frenum is too restricting it can interfere with speech.
Dentures – When a denture patient’s lips move, the prominent frenum can pull and loosen the denture causing it to dislodge. By removing this frenum tissue it helps the dentures to stay in place.
The frenectomy procedure is a simple surgical procedure that generally takes less than thirty minutes to complete. Frenectomies are carried out using a soft tissue laser at Pearl dental clinic.
When conducted with a soft tissue laser, the surgery tends to cause very little bleeding, does not require sutures, and often results in very little post-procedure discomfort. The treatment will be performed under local anaesthetic.
Frenectomies will usually take a couple of weeks to completely heal. Patients may have to take drugs like Ibuprofen to relieve any pain that might occur.
Patients are also advised to rinse with salt water or Chlorhexidine mouthwash in order to keep the surgical area clean. Gentle brushing of the teeth around the surgical site is also required.
There can be some pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness, gum scarring and bleeding after frenectomy surgery. Also, the treatment may need repeating on occasions.
Occasionally nerve damage may occur after a frenectomy. This damage may be in the form of a slight tingling sensation around the surgical area. Nerve damage is usually temporary and after a few weeks, sensations in the area may increase.
One of our experienced dentists will carry out the procedure.
Cost of surgery starts from £250 depending on complexity. The dentist will provide a full written quote for the surgery during the consultation visit.