A frenulum is a piece of tissue that holds an organ in place. A frenulum attaches your lips to your gums. A frenulum that is thicker than normal or shorter than normal could be the cause behind tooth misalignment or issues with speech patterns. In an infant, a shortened frenulum under the tongue can hinder breastfeeding. Should a frenulum disrupt movement, development or growth, immediate action must be taken.
A frenectomy is procedure that your dentist can perform with a scalpel or even a laser and can be quickly completed, sometimes in under fifteen minutes. If a laser is used, there will be a small amount of bleeding and won’t require stitches. Lasers also results in a lower amount of postoperative pain and a reduced amount of time needed for healing. Children and infants are put under general anesthesia for a frenectomy where as adults are given a local anesthesia. Should your child need a frenectomy, do not worry. The procedure has a high success rate and results in low levels of discomfort.