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What is a Frenulum?
A frenulum is a small fold of tissue that prevents an organ in the body from moving too far. It can refer to frenula in several places on the human body. There are several frenula in the mouth that connect the tissues of the cheeks, lips and tongue. A restricted frenulum refers to an abnormal tissue attachment of the lips, cheek or tongue, restricting growth and movement in the areas it is attached to.
A Frenectomy or a Frenulectomy is the reduction of abnormal or restricted frenulum.
Untreated Abnormal Frenulums
Restrictions can lead to:
- Altered/restricted development of the dental arches,
- Limited jaw growth
- Crowded teeth
- Limited orafacial muscle movement
- Improper swallowing
- Messy eating
- Chronic mouth breathing
- Periodontal/gum problems
- Inadequate lip seal/open mouth resting posture
- Deep or over closed bite
- Nasal sinus congestion or airway constriction
What to Expect During and After a Frenulectomy
Frenulectomies are less invasive than having a dental filling. The use of local anesthetics will be used to ensure comfort during the procedure. The tissue is then reduced, often times using a laser. Laser does not cut, produces minimal discomfort, and almost no bleeding. Lasers sterilize at touch, therefore have less risk of infection and promoting faster healing.
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