The fold of tissue that connects your tongue to the roof of your mouth and your lips to the gums is called a frenum. Frenums that are too tight, too high or just restrict movement may need to be removed. Luckily, having a frenectomy is actually quite common and only takes about 15 minutes to complete.
Step 1: Anesthesia
For adults, a local anesthesia is usually enough to keep the patient comfortable. Younger patients and children may require a general anesthetic.
Step 2: Removal of Frenum
To remove the frenum, your dentist will use either a scalpel or a laser.
Step 3: Stitches
Once the dentist has removed the frenum, you will receive stitches.
Step 4: After the Procedure
Your dentist will go over instructions on how to keep the area clean. This will likely include rinsing the area with salt water, brushing gently around the area and limiting certain kinds of foods while the area heals.
Be sure to follow the dentist’s instructions following your frenectomy. As we stated above, this procedure is common and is completed quickly. If your dentist recommends a frenectomy we hope this article has helped you understand the procedure a little more.