If you or your child an abnormally formed frenulum under the tongue or lips that interferes with speaking and other functions, a frenectomy can be performed to alter the tissue and eliminate obstruction. Dr. John W. Dovgan in Phoenix, AZ, provides laser-assisted frenectomies. This approach results in gentler treatment, reduced bleeding, and a shorter recovery period. Dr. Dovgan has been serving our community since 1989. Our team is dedicated to high-quality dental care, and we strive to create a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for our patients.
Types of Frenectomies
There are several frenula in the oral cavity. Although most function normally and go unnoticed, they can be problematic in some instances, indicating treatment. There are two different types of oral frenectomies:
- Labial: Sometimes called a lip-tie, a labial frenulum connects the upper and lower lip to the gum tissue. When a labial frenulum is connected too high, it can cause spacing (diastema) to occur between the teeth, and can also lead to gum recession. Depending on the patient's stage of life, needs, and personal goals, Dr. Dovgan can provide a referral to an orthodontist who can provide treatment to correct any spacing issues caused by a lip-tie.
- Lingual: Ankyloglossia, commonly called a tongue-tie, occurs when the tissue connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth is too taut, or attached too close to the tip of the tongue. Children who are born with a tight lingual frenulum can experience significant limitations in movement, resulting in issues with speech and swallowing. By surgically incising the tissue, a lingual frenectomy allows more freedom of movement.
Your Frenectomy Procedure
Frenectomy procedures are traditionally performed with a scalpel. Dr. Dovgan uses a laser because of the many benefits it provides his patients. When you undergo a frenectomy at our office, we will administer local anesthesia for your comfort, numbing the gums and surrounding tissues.
Once you are comfortable, Dr. Dovgan will carefully release the frenulum using the dental laser. Because the laser cauterizes oral tissues, there is typically no need for sutures.
Recovering from Your Frenectomy
You may experience some slight discomfort for two to three days following the frenectomy, although most patients are comfortable enough to resume normal activity immediately. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, can be taken to reduce any swelling or discomfort. A gentle swish with warm salt water can help soothe the treatment area and keep it clean. Normal brushing should resume, but you must be careful to avoid the gum tissue for the first week. Full healing typically occurs within seven to 10 days.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you or your child is suffering from complications due to a frenal attachment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dovgan to find out if a frenectomy is the right solution for you. You can call our office at (602) 867-1899 or contact us online anytime. Thanks to our compassionate care and advanced technology, you can expect comfortable treatment providing valuable long-term benefits.