Frenectomy

We Offer Frenectomies in Dacula

Are you interested in scheduling a consultation for a frenectomy in Dacula? Quintero Periodontics offers this treatment to infants, adolescents and adults who qualify as candidates. So, what is a frenectomy? A frenectomy or frenuloplasty is a procedure designed to eliminate robust bands of tissue that connect the gums to the lip or tongue.

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Tongue ties occur in 4-11% of newborns.

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Frenums can have adverse effects, causing the following:

  • Gum recession due to pulling on the gums.
  • Teeth pushed apart, creating large gaps.
  • Tongue and lip ties (ankyloglossia) are created which can lead to breastfeeding difficulties, chewing challenges, and potential speech issues later on in life.

During a frenectomy procedure, these tissue bands will be removed and repositioned to release the tongue and/or lip, restoring them to their proper position.

What to Expect When Receiving a Frenectomy at Quintero Periodontics

  • Consultation with Dr. Quintero –  Initially, a consultation is essential to assess the extent of the frenum. Dr. Quintero, our Dacula periodontist, will inspect your mouth for indications of tongue and lip ties, deciding whether a frenectomy is the most suitable course of action.
  • Local Anesthesia Oral sedation or Nitrous Oxide is provided along with an anesthetic before commencing the procedure, ensuring that you or your child experiences no pain or discomfort throughout the process.
  • Snipping of the Frenulum During the consultation, Dr. Quintero will explore the options available for treatment based on the case at hand. While the frenulum of a baby can be swiftly snipped in seconds, older individuals such as adolescents, teens, or adults might necessitate a more intricate technique for repositioning and removing the frenum. Laser therapy may also be employed, reducing bleeding and discomfort.
  • Aftercare Instructions In a laser frenectomy, stitches or sutures are unnecessary. Post-treatment care involves cleaning the treated area at least twice daily. Dr. Quintero might suggest tongue or lip stretches to promote proper healing of the frenulum and prevent reattachment.

Types of Frenectomies

Lingual Frenectomy: A lingual frenectomy is employed to address tongue ties, also known as “ankyloglossia,” which arise when the lingual frenulum is excessively developed. The lingual frenulum is the tissue band connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth. When this frenulum is overdeveloped, it can hinder proper tongue movement in children, impacting breastfeeding, chewing, and speech. In a lingual frenectomy, this band is cut to facilitate unrestricted tongue movement.

Labial Frenectomy: A labial frenectomy is performed to remove lip ties or prevent recession. The frenulum between the gums and the lip can become overdeveloped, causing issues with proper lip movement, and even causing diastema (a gap between the front teeth). In this procedure, the frenulum will be removed and repositioned to restore proper movement of the lips, and restore your oral health.

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At Quintero Periodontics, we understand the importance of trust when it comes to patient care and a positive experience. Our skilled and experienced team prioritizes the oral health of our patients above all else. We offer convenience and quality care at our state-of-the-art facility to patients in need of a frenectomy treatment in Dacula. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Quintero, contact our periodontal office in Dacula today.

Did you know…

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Ankyloglossia, or tongue tie, is more common in boys than in girls.

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Do you have questions about frenectomies? Find answers here.

Tongue and lip ties are collectively known as “tethered oral tissues” or TOTs. They occur when the bands of tissue that connect the tongue or the lips to the mouth become overdeveloped to the point that proper mouth movement is restricted.

They are uncommon in infants and toddlers, and sometimes do not need treatment. Minor tongue and lip ties may not cause any feeding problems, or contribute to speech impediments.

However, serious tongue and lip ties can make it hard for your child to breastfeed or use a bottle properly, resulting in poor feeding and inadequate nutrition, or contribute to speech impediments. If you think that your child is having trouble feeding or speaking because of tongue or lip ties, please contact us and your pediatrician right away.

Feeding problems are the most common signs of tongue and lip ties. Your child’s lips and tongue need to be able to move properly to latch onto the nipple and stimulate it for proper feeding. If they seem to be having trouble making a proper seal, milk dribbles out from their mouth while feeding, or they frequently stop and start feeding, they may be having latching issues due to tongue or lip ties.

You can also look for visual signs of tongue and lip ties. For the lips, you can fold back your child’s upper lip and look at the frenulum. If it is difficult to lift the lip or it seems like your baby is unable to move their upper lip on their own, they may have a lip tie.

Signs of tongue ties include an inability for your child to stick their tongue out past their front teeth, or problems moving the tongue from side to side. Tongue ties can also be identified visually. A common sign of tongue ties is a “heart-shaped” tongue. When your child sticks their tongue out, the restriction caused by the tongue tie may cause it to look “notched” or heart-shaped, instead of appearing as a smooth “U” shape.

Frenectomies are usually identified in infants and young children, but older kids, teenagers, and even adults my require a frenectomy/frenuloplasty to assist with orthodontics and braces or root recession.

Not at all. Your child’s mouth will be completely numb throughout the procedure, and we use special tools at our office to eliminate pain and discomfort. With laser dentistry, if applicable, your child will experience minimal bleeding, and they will be able to recover from tongue or lip tie treatment quickly and with low levels of post-operative discomfort.

A frenectomy will typically be covered by dental insurance, so you or your child can get the care needed. Insurance plans vary, so make sure you consult with your dental insurance company to make sure you are covered for treatment.

To care for the surgical site, you will need to clean the treatment area twice a day to prevent infection and keep it healthy. Dr. Quintero may also recommend some stretches for the tongue and/or lips. These stretches will help ensure that when the frenulum heals, it will not reattach and restrict your child’s oral range of motion. Follow the instructions given to you and make sure you regularly perform all stretches recommended to you by your Dr. Quintero.

Did you know…

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Tongue and lip ties are hereditary.

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