Dr. Erin Roberts provides frenectomies, also known as lip- and tongue-tie releases, to improve your oral function and quality of life. Although patients of all ages can benefit from this procedure, we most frequently provide frenectomies for infants. To schedule a consultation with our experienced dentist and learn more about lip- and tongue-tie releases in Enid, Oklahoma, call Healthy Smiles at 580-237-0694.
Frenectomies are common dental procedures that involve the removal or modification of a frenulum, a small fold of tissue in the mouth. These procedures are performed to improve the function and overall oral health of patients. There are two primary types of frenectomies: lingual frenectomy and labial frenectomy.
A lingual frenectomy is typically recommended when the lingual frenulum, the tissue connecting the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is abnormally short or thick. This condition is known as ankyloglossia or tongue-tie. In infants, tongue-tie can significantly impact feeding, swallowing and speech development. By performing a lingual frenectomy, the restriction caused by the tight frenulum is released, allowing the tongue to move more freely. This procedure can greatly benefit very young children by improving their ability to breastfeed or bottle-feed effectively, reducing the risk of poor weight gain, and promoting proper speech development as they grow.
A labial frenectomy, or lip release procedure, focuses on the frenulum that attaches the upper lip to the gums above the front teeth. This procedure is commonly recommended when the labial frenulum is causing gum recession, contributing to a gap between the upper front teeth or causing difficulties for denture wearers. By removing or modifying the labial frenulum, the tension and pulling on the gums can be alleviated, preventing further gum recession and improving the aesthetics and functionality of the smile.
The frenectomy procedure is relatively simple and quick, usually completed in a single visit with our dentist. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia to ensure the patient’s comfort, though with advances in dental technology and the use of advanced dental lasers, a frenectomy treatment may not even require a local anesthetic to ensure comfort during the procedure. After the frenulum is removed or modified, detailed care instructions are provided to promote proper healing. It is essential to follow these instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.
If you or your child is experiencing issues related to a lip or tongue-tie, it is advisable to consult with our experienced and highly qualified dentist. Dr. Roberts can assess your specific situation, determine the need for a frenectomy, and guide you through the process to improve your oral health and overall well-being. Please do not hesitate to reach out to schedule an appointment and learn more about how frenectomies can benefit you or your child.
For more information about frenectomies, or to schedule a consultation with our skilled dentist, contact our team today!