Frenectomy / Frenulectomy in Rockford, Dixon and Janesville
Frenums are small pieces of tissue that connect your cheeks, lips, and tongue to your gums. Occasionally patients will have a frenum that is too tight or short, which can result in inhibited movement and cause performing common tasks such as eating and talking to become more difficult. A short or tight frenum can also lead to gum recession. Frenum related issues in children can also inhibit development. The two most common types of frenums that pose an issue are the maxillary labial frenum and the lingual frenum. A frenectomy is a safe and effective method for correcting frenum-related issues by removing or clipping the frenum. Frenectomies are low-risk, outpatient procedures that typically correct the problem after the first procedure.
With over 40,00 dental surgeries performed and over 12,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment for a frenectomy for you or your child, or if you have any additional questions concerning the wisdom teeth removal process or clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.
Frenectomy For Children
Although adults can have frenum-related issues, most frenectomies are performed on children. Children who have over-sized frenums may develop the following issues:
- Difficulty speaking (commonly referred to as being “tongue-tied”
- Breastfeeding/nursing interference
- Gum recession resulting in increased risk of developing periodontal disease
- Frenulum frequently gets stuck between their teeth
- Difficulty sticking tongue out
- Prevention of baby teeth from erupting
Frenectomy For Adults
Over-sized frenums in adults can also cause a variety of issues to develop, one of the most common being difficulty speaking. Adults with over-sized frenums will typically develop ways to compensate for this issue, although they may find it difficult to be audible and/or articulate while speaking at low or high volumes. Another common issue among adults with over-sized frenums is difficulty chewing and swallowing food properly. Due to food being unable to move properly, they are also at an increased risk of developing periodontal disease due to food particles remaining lodged between the teeth for prolonged periods of time. Another issue for children and adults with over-sized frenums is gum recession. The
frenum can pull the gumline away from the root, causing sensitivity, abnormal appearance of the gums, or infection. While it is possible to prevent these issues from developing by practicing good oral hygiene habits, such as rinsing your mouth following each meal, scheduling an appointment for a frenectomy is an effective, long-lasting solution for correcting this and other issues.
Aftercare Following the Frenectomy
Adolescents or adults will typically receive a local anesthetic prior to the frenectomy procedure to reduce or eliminate pain or discomfort. Once sufficiently numbed, the tongue is held towards the roof of the mouth in order to make the frenum taut. Once properly positioned, the tissue is reduced in size using a scalpel, specialty laser, or combination of both. Newborns who have a frenectomy performed typically feel little to no discomfort during the procedure and will oftentimes sleep through the entire procedure.
Aftercare Following the Frenectomy
To minimize post-procedural risks and ensure a speedy recovery for your or your child, be sure to follow any post-operative instructions provided by your periodontist. It is also important to schedule a follow up appointment to ensure that treatment has been successful and the area has healed properly. Most frenectomy procedures are successful, however there are times when a second frenectomy will be necessary.
While most adolescents and adults will have a very minimal recovery period with very few side effects, there are special aftercare instructions that should be followed when the frenectomy is performed on babies. Discomfort or pain can often be relieved by breastfeeding your baby, however if discomfort or pain persists, you may give them children’s Tylenol. If you have any questions about proper dosage of Tylenol for your baby, contact your physician or consult with your pharmacist.
In addition to managing pain, there are stretching exercises you can do with your baby to facilitate the healing process and reduce the risk of scar formation or re-attachment. These exercises should be performed for two weeks following the procedure, but are most important during the first 48 hours. Prior to performing the upper lip and under the tongue stretches, be sure your hands are clean and fingernails are trimmed.
Cost of Frenectomy
The cost of a frenectomy will depend on several factors, such as whether or not dental sedation is used, how many visits are required to complete the procedure, and your dental insurance plan. At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require.
If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you. Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.
To learn more about clinic policies or schedule an appointment for a frenectomy, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.