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Frenectomy

Frenectomy in Dentistry

Frenectomy (frenulectomy, frenuloplasty, frenotomy) is a procedure that removes a frenum or frenulum in the mouth. There are 3 types of frenum, a labial, a lingual, and a buccal frenum. A frenum is the muscular attachment found between 2 tissues inside of the mouth. An upper labial frenectomy is the removal of the frenum found between the upper lip and gums, also known as the lip tie. A lower labial frenectomy is the removal of the frenum found between the lower lip and gums, which can create gum recession. A lingual frenectomy is the removal of the frenum found between the floor of the mouth and the bottom center of the tongue, also known as the tongue tie. A buccal frenectomy is the removal of the frenum found between the cheeks and the gums, also known as the cheek or buccal ties.  

 

Symptoms of Frenectomies

Infants

·         poor latch                                                                   ·         painful/difficulty breastfeeding

·         acid reflux                                                                   ·         colic, gassy

·         GI issues                                                                     ·         Poor weight gain

·         Short sleep episodes                                                   ·         Falling asleep while attempting to nurse

·         Incomplete drainage after feeding                             ·         Mastitis and/or low milk supply

·         Long feeding episodes

 

 Children 

·         Space between two front teeth                                    ·         Orthodontic issues

·         Food aversion                                                             ·         Choking on fluids

·         Loud breathing/sleep apnea                                       ·         Poor weight gain

·         Speech impediments (i.e. lisping, issues with enunciation)

 

Adults 

·         Neck/shoulder pain                                                   ·         Headaches/migraines

·         GI issues                                                                   ·         TMJ problems

·         Food aversion                                                          ·         Speech impediments (i.e. lisping, issues with enunciation)

·         Sleep apnea                                                              ·         Receding gums

·         Poor fitting dentures                                                ·         Incomplete orthodontics treatments

·         Crowding of lower teeth

 

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Large gap between the two front teeth                 Buccal Ties

                          

Tongue Tie                                                            Lip Tie (with gap between the front teeth) 

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