Frenectomy is a procedure that removes a small piece of tissue that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. This tissue is called a frenum. There are many frenectomies, including lingual frenectomy, labial frenectomy, and sublingual frenectomy. A lingual frenectomy removes tissue that attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth. A labial frenectomy removes tissue that attaches the upper lip to the gum. A sublingual frenectomy removes tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth.
Frenectomy is the removal of a small fold of tissue that tethers two tissues together. Typically, a frenectomy is performed on one or both sides of the mouth, and lingual frenectomies are the most common.
Lingual frenectomies are performed using lasers, and this gives them several advantages over traditional frenectomies. First, lasers can vaporize soft tissue and seal blood vessels, which minimizes bleeding and swelling. Lasers also cauterize nerve endings, which reduces pain. Finally, lasers cauterize and seal wounds, which minimizes the risk of scarring.
Teeth require extra support in order to keep them in place and keep them from shifting. If your teeth aren’t properly aligned, this can lead to crowding, impaction, and other issues. One common procedure that can correct these issues is a frenectomy. During a frenectomy, your oral surgeon will remove the frenulum that connects your upper lip to your gums. This will allow your teeth to line up properly.
When you arrive for your appointment, your oral surgeon will discuss your procedure with you. They will also review your medical history with you, including any medications and supplements that you take. You will be given anesthesia or sedation to help you remain comfortable throughout your procedure.