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Dentist Red Deer | 22 @ Taylor Dental Care

Frenectomies (tongue-tie)

22nd@Taylor Dental Care offers Frenectomy procedures. Tongue-tie refers to a condition where a person's lingual frenulum is too short or tight, typically affecting newborns and their breastfeeding ability. Individuals with tongue-tie may experience difficulty with speech and pronunciation or struggle to protrude their tongue. Although Frenectomy is a straightforward process, it requires precision due to its sensitivity.

Frenectomies are a type of oral surgery that involves the removal of the frenum, a thin band of tissue in the mouth. Normally, the frenum attaches the upper and lower lips to the gums, cheeks and other structures like the tongue. In some cases, however, the frenum can be too tight or too thick which can cause discomfort and difficulty with speech and eating. This is when a frenectomy is necessary.

The most common type of frenectomy is labial frenectomy which involves cutting away some of the muscle that binds together the upper lip with the gums. It may also include a portion of muscle from between the front teeth on either side as well as any excess gum tissue. The goal is to reduce tension on these tissues so that they move more freely and with less resistance when speaking or eating.

Another common type of frenectomy is lingual frenectomy which targets muscle tissue located between two adjacent lower front teeth or between an upper or lower molar tooth on either side. Similarly to labial frenectomies, this procedure reduces tension so that normal movement can occur without obstruction or discomfort.

In both labial and lingual frenectomies, doctors typically perform laser surgery to cut away only what’s necessary while minimizing bleeding and post-surgical pain afterwards. Recovery time after such procedures tends to vary from patient to patient but generally only last for a few days before full functionality returns and pain subsides completely.

Frenectomies are generally successful for treating issues caused by tight or thick bands of muscle in the mouth; however, it’s important to keep in mind that any scarring resulting from surgery may be permanent and should be taken into consideration before proceeding with treatment. Additionally, patients should always consult an experienced oral surgeon beforehand if considering undergoing such an operation as it requires delicate precision and expert knowledge for producing desirable results without causing unnecessary damage or trauma.

Frenectomy is a simple process but requires a lot of concentration due to the sensitivity of the cut length and position in the mouth. Contact our Red Deer dental clinic for more information.

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