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Frenectomy – Dallas, TX

Correct Tongue-Tie with a Frenectomy

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About 4 to 11% of babies are born with a condition called ankyloglossia, better known as tongue-tie. It occurs when the strip of skin connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth is shorter than average. This can lead to feeding issues. If the tissue is not corrected with a frenectomy early, it can also lead to speech complications and other problems as the child ages. Besides tongue-tie, there can also be a wide or thick piece of tissue between the teeth and the front portion of the mouth. This can cause a gap between the front teeth. At Dallas Dental Implant Center, Dr. Hodong Kwon can treat both conditions with a frenectomy.

What is a Frenum?

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You have two types of frenum in your mouth. The lingual frenum is underneath your tongue and connects to the floor of your mouth. The labial frenum connects your upper lip to your gum. If the lingual frenum is too short, it can limit the mobility of the tongue; whereas, the width of the labial frenum can cause orthodontic problems. It is best to have the condition resolved early to prevent complications as the child grows, but it is never too late to have either issue corrected.

When treating tongue-tie, the overall goal is to free the tongue to allow for the correct movements needed for speech and swallowing. Treating the tissue in the upper arch can help to prevent large gaps between the front teeth when performed on babies. This can prevent the need for orthodontics later in life.

What is a Frenectomy?

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A frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure to reduce the size of the frenum. A local anesthetic is used to minimize any discomfort during the treatment. A scalpel or soft tissue laser makes a small, strategic cut into the tissue. Generally, the entire process only takes a few minutes.

After the treatment, it is normal for there to be a white patch where the tissue was cut for about 24 to 48 hours. In most cases, there is minimal post-operative pain and swelling. In fact, most patients have normal functions of their tongue and lips as soon as the anesthetics wears off. There may be slight discomfort, which many people report it to feel like they burnt their mouth on pizza, but it dissipates within a few days.

While the tissue heals, it is vital to maintain oral hygiene to minimize the risk of infection. For older patients, Dr. Kwon may recommend the use of a mouthrinse to help combat germs.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

If you or your baby need a frenectomy, Dr. Kwon has committed his life to improving the oral health and functions of others. He provides an array of specialty services, including frenectomies. Dr. Kwon uses the latest advancements in dentistry to ensure accurate and precise results.

Invest in a bright future with your best smile possible. Contact Dallas Dental Implant Center today to schedule your consultation for a frenectomy.