The muscles of the cheeks and lips are attached to the gums and tissue of the mouth by a piece of soft tissue called a frenum. Sometimes a frenum can be attached too high on the gums causing either recession or spaces between teeth.
In addition, there is another frenum under the tongue. If this frenum is attached too close to the end of the tongue it can adversely affect swallowing and speech. Sometimes this is referred to as being “tongue-tied”.
A frenectomy is a simple procedure where either part or all of the frenum in question is removed in order to return a healthy balance to the mouth.
- When using the Laser, post-operative discomfort is less severe than the traditional method however, discomfort can be expected. We recommend that you use ibuprofen to control the tenderness and use the same precautions you would for any other mouth irritation. If you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our office.
- Avoid spicy, sour or crusty food for 1 week.
- Rinsing the area for a few days, after eating with a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a glass of water or Peroxyl will reduce healing time. Initial healing occurs in 5-7 days.
- If unusual bleeding or pain occurs, please call the office as soon as possible.
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