What is a frenectomy, and when is it needed?
Dr. Bryce Eagar is a dentist in the community of St. George, Utah, working with patients to help with oral health and wellness. In addition, he and his team at Gateway Oral Health Center may recommend children or adults undergo a treatment known as a frenectomy. Patients with tight frenums may find this procedure advantageous, offering relief from common symptoms and problems associated with tongue tie or lip tie. Continue reading to learn more!
What is a frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a surgery to remove a tissue called the frenulum. The frenulum is a small, web-like membrane that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. This surgery is also sometimes called a tongue-tie release operation.
When is frenulum surgery recommended?
Tongue tie and lip tie surgeries are performed on children and adults when the frenulum causes problems with eating, speaking, or other activities. In some cases, the frenulum may be so short or tight that it limits the movement of the tongue. In infants and children, this can cause difficulty with breastfeeding, as well as problems with speech development. Frenectomies can also be done to treat pain in the frenulum area or issues with gum recession due to a tight frenum.
What can I expect from my frenulum surgery?
The procedure is typically very quick, taking only a few minutes to complete. Recovery is usually fast as well, and most people can return to their normal activities within a day or two. In some situations, there might be some minor discomfort or soreness in the surgical area for a short time after the procedure.
How do I learn more about frenectomies?
If you or your child are experiencing problems with the frenulum, talk to Dr. Bryce Eagar of Gateway Oral Health Center in St. George, UT, about whether a frenectomy may be the right solution. This surgery can relieve many of the issues caused by an abnormal frenulum and help alleviate many problems that can arise. Call (435) 656-0255 to request an appointment at 720 South River Road, Suite B-210, and learn more about lip tie and tongue tie surgery for those in the Washington County area.