A frenum is a muscular attachment between two tissues. There are two of them in the mouth, and they can sometimes obstruct normal function. When this is the case, our expert team can repair the issue through a frenectomy.
The experienced and knowledgeable team at Midland Kid's Dentist can treat your virtually any dental need your child might have including both lingual and maxillary Frenectomies. While it may sound complicated, a frenectomy is simply the removal of a frenum. A frenum is a muscular attachment between two tissues. There are two of them in the mouth, and they can sometimes obstruct normal function. When this is the case, a frenectomy will be recommended.
The two frena (plural of frenum) are the lingual frenum which connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth, and the maxillary labial frenum which connects the inside of the upper lip to the gums just above the upper two front teeth.
When the lingual frenum runs all the way to the tip of the tongue, it causes a person to be “tongue-tied.” A restrictive lingual frenum is a relatively common occurrence in young children. In most cases, children can accommodate well to a prominent lingual frenum and can eat and speak normally, but when the attachment extends all the way to the tip of the tongue, a frenectomy may be the only way to provide normal tongue function. This is a simple procedure which involves numbing the tongue with anesthesia. A small incision is made to free the tongue from the floor of the mouth. The incision will be stitched up allowing the tissue to heal.
The maxillary labial frenum connects the upper lip to the gums just above the upper front teeth. A prominent maxillary labial frenum can create a large gap between the two front teeth. Unless it is causing pain on the upper lips and gums, immediate treatment is not necessary and can be delayed until the permanent teeth come in. Often, the eruption of permanent teeth will naturally close the gap or braces can be used. If the teeth begin to separate again after braces, then a maxillary labial frenectomy can be considered.
The gentle team at Midland Kid's Dentist will work with you to determine the best solution for your child’s needs. To learn more, call us today at (432) 203-4233.