Dental issues don’t always involve your teeth. The bones and tissue in our mouth also play a role in helping it to function properly. Sometimes, our patients may need a frenectomy to improve their speech, mouth movement, and swallowing. We’re happy to help you and your family improve your oral health with this service at our Delray Beach office!
During a frenectomy, we will remove what’s called the frenum tissue in the mouth. This is a piece of soft tissue people have in and around their gums and teeth. They’re located on the top, bottom, and sides of the mouth, as well as under the tongue. Infants and children generally get frenectomies when one of their frena are too long or short and causes issues. The procedure lasts between 10 to 15 minutes, and recovery should be complete within two weeks.
Frenectomies can provide patients with numerous cosmetic benefits and lifestyle improvements. After getting yours, you should notice the following advantages.
Infants usually get frenectomies when they have what’s called a lip-tie. This occurs when the strip of tissue behind their upper lip is too short or too tight. As a result, the upper lip’s movement becomes limited. Typically, babies who have difficulty during breastfeeding have lip-ties. A frenectomy is a simple procedure to perform on infants, and risks and complications are very minimal.
Adults with lip-ties may not need a frenectomy if there are no issues with eating, drinking, or speaking. It’s important to know that it could cause gum recession as the gums pull away from the lower front teeth. You may also notice a restriction in tongue mobility or moving your lips. If any of those concern you, it might be worth it to consider a frenectomy as an adult.
Do you think a frenectomy could improve the speech of you or your child? R&R Dentistry is happy to provide this service and give patients all the benefits they can get from it. Give us a call if you have any questions!