A frenectomy is an oral surgical procedure performed to correct the unhealthy shape, size or position of the frenum muscle tissue which connects the tongue, lips and cheeks to the jaw bone. When the frenulum is abnormally formed and positioned, such as along the gums or tongue, it may impact teeth alignment and restrict tongue and lip movement for communication.
HOW IS FRENECTOMY DIAGNOSED?
The benefits of frenectomy are:
• reduces oral discomfort.
• It improves facial appearance through the elimination of tooth gap between the two upper front teeth.
• It promotes self-confidence.
• It enhances bite function.
• It stabilizes dentures among denture users.
HOW IS FRENECTOMY TREATED?
Frenectomy surgery serves varied purposes in dentistry to restore frenum condition for healthy oral function. Typical dentistry treatments requiring a frenectomy include:
• Tongue Clipping
Patients usually recover from frenectomy surgery within an approximate period of two weeks. This depends on the patient's health condition and healing rate.
DID YOU KNOW?
One thing that needs to be cautioned about is the stabilizing of incisors after the space between the teeth is closed and the frenectomy performed. This holds the space closed as well as provides the bones and gums around the teeth to adapt to the new positioning.