frenulectomy post op grand rapids mi dentist

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 our West MI dentists may notice that a frenum is 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 using a special dental laser in order to return a healthy balance to the mouth.

Post-Operative Instructions:

  • When using the dental laser, post-operative discomfort is less severe than the traditional method however, some can still 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 one of our office locations.
  • Avoid spicy, sour, or crusty food for at least 1 week.
  • Rinse 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 gum bleeding or pain occurs, please call our dentists as soon as possible.

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