In your mouth, there are several tissues, muscles, and bones. One of the soft tissues, the frenum, primarily helps in the connectivity and the pivotal movement of the organs. However, if the frenum fails to develop naturally due to some reason, its elasticity and growth can be problematic in children and adults. To eradicate the consequential problems, it may have to be surgically relaxed or removed. The medical term for this procedure is Frenectomy, and our professionals perform it quite regularly at Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston.
What is Frenum?
If you may be opting for the Frenectomy, it is vital to understand the changes that the surgery would do to your mouth. The primary target of this surgery is the modification of the frenum. There are two main kinds of this tissue that you can identify with some knowledge. The first kind, lingual frenum, is present as a thin line on the underside of your tongue. It is the link between your tongue and mouth. Another category, labial frenum, is the linkage that connects your upper jaw with your upper tongue.
Why Frenum Might be Problematic?
In some people, the frenum might grow to an abnormal size after an external injury or as a side effect of another dental disease. It is almost as common in children as in adults. The abnormal growth can create hindrances in everyday activities, such as eating and talking. It may cause inconvenience and frustration while swallowing and can also lead to slurred speech-especially in children. The deformity in the labial frenum paves the way for a gap between the front teeth. Some people regard it as a cosmetic flaw and turn to Frenectomy for relief.
How is the Frenectomy Performed?
Frenectomy is a painless surgery, and it barely takes half an hour. Before proceeding any further, our experts desensitize the patient, so the procedure does not hurt. We take particular care in case of children, so the parents do not need to worry. The Frectenomy can either be performed with a scalpel or with a laser. The laser method is more convenient as it involves a minimum direct contact or operation on the mouth. However, it is not suitable for all patients, and a discussion with the experts alongside an examination of your frenum can help you select the right method.
What Happens After the Surgery?
Once the surgery is complete, you may receive some stitches as removing or modifying the frenum creates an incision that needs to heal. It is common when we use the scalpel method, but the stitches do not take long to recover. Regardless of the choice of process, you will be able to go home soon afterward. For some days or weeks, it would be best if you practice precautionary measures. These include minimum disturbance of the mouth, so actions like brushing with high pressure or grinding your teeth may not be preferable.
Our professionals at Periodontal and Implant Surgeons of Houston would provide you proper guidelines, such as a dietary plan and instructions for physical or vocal exercises. We may also prescribe some anti-inflammatory drugs that would help you with potential inflammation or pain. Make sure you follow the guidelines for a speedy recovery. Should you have any further unanswered questions or doubts, feel free to contact us at 713-785-9599.