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When You May Need a Frenectomy

Posted on 5/8/2023 by Dr. Johnson
When You May Need a FrenectomyA frenectomy is an oral surgery meant to remove the frenum tissue. This includes the attachment attached to the underlying bone. The main purpose of a frenectomy is to correct unwanted tissues that may lead to a dysfunctional frenum. When the frenum is too tight or short, a frenectomy helps correct it. Here are some of the reasons why you might need a frenectomy.

Difficulty Eating

When you have an overly tight frenulum, you could have challenges swallowing food. This makes it necessary to undergo a frenectomy to help fix the frenulum. The condition can also affect infants, making it hard for them to breastfeed. Even though a frenectomy can be performed on them, it is important to wait and see if the problem will correct itself or whether they will need surgery.

Speech Impediments

The tongue plays a crucial role in speech. When you are tongue-tied, it is almost impossible to pronounce most of the words. An overly tight or short frenulum could cause this condition. To fix it, you will need to undergo a frenectomy.

Gum Recession

Given that both the lower and upper labial frenulum is located close to the gum tissue, gum recession could occur if it is too tight or short. This happens due to the extra tension. In addition, when the upper labial frenulum is overly tight, it can create gaps in the upper teeth. This can affect your smile significantly. Therefore, you will need to undergo a frenectomy to fix the problem.

Oral Infections

A frenectomy can fix some oral infections. A condition like gum disease could develop due to gum recession. It can also be caused by the accumulation of bacteria that builds up on your teeth. In such cases, a frenectomy could help stop the spread of harmful bacteria. Get in touch with us for more information on when you might need a frenectomy.

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