What you needto know

about getting a frenectomy

What is a

Frenectomy

Frenectomy procedures are quite common and are most often used to resolve a tongue or lip tie to allow for proper movement.

Frenum

The soft tissue connected to the lips and gums and if it is too short, it can interfere with swallowing, speech or infants breastfeeding.

Lingual Frenectomy

This is the tissue that connects your tongue to your mouth and it can be too short which can interfere with speech develompent and breastfeeding

Maxillary Frenectomy

This is the area above your front teeth in the gum area. If its too short it can cause difficulties in speech development.

Procedures

Your doctor, pediatrician or dentist, would recommend the Frenectomy and the procedure is often done with topical anesthesia.

Infant Frenectomy

Babies may have trouble with breastfeeding properly if they have lip or tongue tie. Its a relatively simple procedure for an infant.

Adult Frenectomy

As you age, your facial structure changes and you my develop problems eating and drinking or you gums may pull away from your teeth.

Tongue and Lip ties

Did you know it takes more muscles to frown than to smile? When the frenums of the lips and tongue are restricted they cause our facial muscles to compromise which causes even more tension and end up using muscles that we need.

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The benefits of a frenectomy depends on which frenum needs treatment.
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pre/Post-frenectomy

We work with your for both Pre/Post Frenectomy with simple exercises to speed healing and get optimal results. The most important part after surgery is to ensure the tissue doesn’t reattach during the rapid healing process which can cause new limitations in mobility.

Tips for Post-surgery Exercises:

  • Don’t force or prolong the stretches, keep them short and precise
  • Be gentle and it’s okay if you see small , minor bleeding
  • Stretch the tongue and lip area at least 4 hours after the procedure
  • Avoid foods that will require biting with the front teeth for about one week
  • Stretch 3x a day for the first two weeks

CASE STUDY: Frenectomy - Initial visit to graduation

Initial Visit: Open Mouth Breathing and Posture and, Forward head and shoulder posture, loud deep breaths during the day, Depression, Social Anxiety (Too anxious to look for work and hardly leaves his room and is on computer all day) Talking in sleep, bruxing at night, Gulping, noisy open mouth chewing, acne, Facial tension and mumbling during speech.
Morning before Frenectomies: 3 Months of Breathing and Myo Therapy. Decrease in heavy breathes during the day, face more relaxed, improved head/shoulder posture, chewing with lips closed, correct swallowing , better articulation
3-4 weeks after Frenectomies: Nasal breathing due to ease of lip closure, skin cleared, Anxiety greatly reduced, sleeping better, face more relaxed and swallowing correctly. Tongue up position.

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