If you say frenectomy, most people don't know what that means. It is a relatively simple procedure that is done regularly in dental offices around the world.
It is simply snipping some, or all, of the connective tissue between either the mouth floor and the underside of the tongue, or the connective tissue between the upper front teeth and the upper lip.
Most of the time, this tissue is just long enough to keep the tissues from moving around too much, but occasionally, the tissue is too long and it causes other problems.
What a Frenectomy Can Do
When the connective tissue between the underside of the tongue and the floor of the mouth is too thick or too long, it can make moving your tongue quite difficult. It can leave you feeling as though you are struggling to chew or move the food around in your mouth properly.
By having a frenectomy done, you are able to move your tongue around a lot more, which can give you a much easier eating experience.
A frenectomy is often very easy to do in a dentist's office. It involves a slight amount of numbing, a quick little snip, and occasionally a couple of stitches. It only takes a short time to heal, and you are only on a restricted diet and activity list for a day or two.
If you have thicker connective tissue, there are things that can be done to ease any discomfort that you may have been dealing with. Talk with your dentist about what you are experiencing, and let them decide what options you have to choose from.
If they bring up a frenectomy, then know that you are being given a golden opportunity for increased functionality. Enjoy your mouth's new found freedom, and make yourself a meal you'll always remember!
Wauwatosa Dental Group
Location Midwest Dental Wauwatosa 2600 North Mayfair Road Suite 750 Wauwatosa, WI 53226