A frenulum is a small fold of tissue that anchors an organ or structure in the body to prevent it from moving too far. 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 latter condition often prevents a patient from speaking properly because the tongue cannot fully move – tongue-tied is the commonly-used term.
The first procedure is known as a labial frenectomy and the second is called a lingual frenectomy. A 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 laser but may also be 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.
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