We offer frenectomy services in Salt Lake City and South Jordan, UT. A frenulum is a small fold of tissue that anchors an organ or structure in the body to prevent it from moving too far. What is a frenectomy? A frenectomy – sometimes also called a frenulectomy or frenotomy – is simply the removal of this tissue in order to allow for increased movement. Two common sites for frenectomy are at the middle of the upper lip and on the underside of the tongue. The tongue condition often prevents a patient from speaking properly because the tongue cannot fully move – tongue-tied is the commonly-used term.

A lingual frenectomy is typically performed to release the tongue or to allow for the proper fit of dentures. During a frenectomy, the tongue is numbed so that no pain is felt during the procedure. Frenectomies are often performed with a scalpel. In both cases, it is a minor procedure performed in a periodontist’s office under local anesthesia. Bleeding, swelling, and bruising are minor. A soft diet may be necessary for a few days, but the healing period is short.

What Our Patients Are Saying

“I have already referred Dr. Skene to people who are going to need a frenectomy for their children. Everyone in the office was great to work with.”

Does A Frenectomy Hurt?

A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure that involves cutting or releasing the frenulum. The degree of pain experienced during a frenectomy can vary from person to person, and several factors can influence the level of discomfort, including your pain tolerance, the technique used by the surgeon, and the use of local anesthesia or sedation.

Generally, a frenectomy is considered a relatively simple and quick procedure. Our doctors are experienced and skilled healthcare professionals who make sure your discomfort during the procedure is minimal. Local anesthesia is often used to numb the area, so the patient should not feel pain during the actual procedure.

After the frenectomy, you might have some discomfort or soreness as it heals. It’s usually mild and you can usually manage it with over-the-counter pain medication and proper care. You may also experience some swelling and minor bleeding immediately after the procedure, but these symptoms typically subside within a few days.

How Do You Recovery From A Frenectomy?

1. Follow Post-Operative Instructions: We’ll give you specific post-op instructions. It’s essential to follow these instructions carefully to ensure proper healing.

2. Control Bleeding: Some minor bleeding may occur immediately after the frenectomy. We’ll give you gauze to bite down on to help you control the bleeding. Make sure you change the gauze as instructed and avoid spitting, as this may disturb the surgical site and lead to increased bleeding.

3. Apply Ice Packs: Applying ice packs to the area can help reduce swelling and discomfort. Use ice packs for short periods, around 10-15 minutes at a time, with breaks in between.

4. Take Pain Medication as Directed: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help you manage any post-operative pain. Follow the instructions we give you on dosage and timing.

5. Avoid Disrupting the Surgical Site: Be gentle with the surgical area to promote healing. Avoid touching the area with your fingers or tongue and refrain from pulling on your lips or cheeks.

6. Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Keeping your mouth clean is crucial for preventing infection. Brush your teeth gently, avoiding the surgical area for the first day.

7. Avoid Certain Foods and Beverages: Stick to soft foods and avoid hot, spicy, or crunchy foods that may irritate the surgical site. Also, avoid alcohol and tobacco, as they can hinder your healing process.

8. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, which aids in the healing process.

9. Rest and Take It Easy: Allow your body time to heal by getting enough rest and avoiding strenuous activities for a few days following the procedure.

10. Attend Follow-Up Appointments: Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments we schedule with you. They will assess your healing progress and provide further guidance if needed.

Remember that individual recovery experiences can vary, so it’s essential to communicate any concerns or unusual symptoms you have with us. If you experience excessive bleeding, severe pain, signs of infection (such as fever or increased swelling), or any other worrisome symptoms, contact us right away. If you need a frenectomy, we can help. We also do dental implants, crown lengthening, and osseous surgeries. Request your appointment today. 


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