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What is a Frenectomy?

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For some individuals, the simple and beautiful act of smiling can be hindered by a relatively unknown oral condition of the frenulum restricting the movement of the lips or tongue. While this is more common in children, issues with the frenulum can impact people of all ages, making speaking, eating, and smiling all the more challenging. Fortunately, a relatively simple procedure called a frenectomy can help those who suffer from tongue ties, lip ties, and other frenulum complications to regain control over their oral health. 

If you or your child are in need of a frenectomy, the skilled specialists at Union City Oral Surgery Group are here to help. We offer cutting-edge procedures in a safe and comfortable setting. Our surgeons understand that every patient has their own unique needs and will personalize your treatment plan to you. We also offer a wide range of anesthesia options to ensure your procedure is as painless as possible. 

What Is a Frenectomy?

During a frenectomy, your surgeon will modify the frenulum, which is one or more bands of connective tissue that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth and the gums to the lips. When the frenulum is too short or restrictive, it can cause several oral health problems and make it challenging to open and use your mouth. Issues with the frenulum may also make it more challenging for infants to breastfeed. 

In infants, the frenulum is removed within a few minutes. In older children and adults, the surgeon will typically numb the tissue around the frenulum with local anesthesia. Once the patient is comfortable, they will remove or modify the frenulum using a scalpel or surgical scissors. The procedure is quick and is often completed in 30 minutes or less.

What Conditions Can a Frenectomy Treat?

Every individual is unique, and there are several reasons a person may require a frenectomy. A few of the most common conditions a frenectomy can treat include the following:

  • Lip ties: Those with this condition experience lip movement due to an abnormal frenulum. 
  • Tongue ties: When the frenulum connecting the tongue to the bottom of your mouth is too short, you may experience limited tongue mobility. 
  • Diastema: This condition is also known as a gap between the teeth. While diastema does not typically cause oral health issues, some individuals opt for a frenectomy for aesthetic reasons.
  • Gum recession: Receding gums can lead to many health issues, including gingivitis, cavities, and tooth mobility. 

Before determining if a frenectomy is right for you or your child, your surgeon will perform a comprehensive exam and advise you on the best path forward. If a frenectomy is necessary, they will then review the anesthesia options to ensure your comfort during the procedure. We offer various anesthesia choices to our patients to ensure their procedures are safe and painless.

Schedule an Appointment With a Skilled Oral Surgeon at Union City Oral Surgery Group

At Union City Oral Surgery Group, our talented specialists are adept at treating patients and helping them attain the smile of their dreams. Whether you or your child require a frenectomy for aesthetic or oral health reasons, our surgeons will work with you to develop a treatment plan to help you meet your goals. We will support you through every stage of your healthcare journey, from diagnosis to recovery. Our founder, Dr. Nancy Herbst, emphasizes patient-first care and will work with you to ensure your needs are met. 

To learn more about how we can help you with your oral health, schedule an appointment today by calling (201) 601-9262 or completing our online contact form.