Tongue-tie and lip-tie are common problems that can make it difficult to swallow or speak. At 286 Madison Dental in Midtown Manhattan, the expert dentists specialize in frenectomy, an outpatient procedure used to treat tongue-tie and lip tie. To see if you or your child can benefit, book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the New York City office today.
A frenectomy is an outpatient procedure that cuts or releases a piece of soft tissue. The team at 286 Madison Dental specializes in lingual frenectomy, which provides quick, effective treatment for tongue-tie or lip-tie.
Everyone has a frenulum, a soft piece of tissue that connects your gums and tongue to your lips. If your frenulum is too tight or too short, it increases the risk of health problems, particularly for infants and children.
The team at 286 Madison Dental offers two types of frenectomies, including:
Your lingual frenulum connects your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. Everyone’s lingual frenulum is a different length. If yours is very short, you might find it difficult to move your tongue. During a lingual frenectomy, your dentist carefully clips the frenulum, extending your tongue’s range of motion.
Your labial frenulum connects your top lip to the gum tissue directly above your front teeth. If your labial frenulum is short, it increases your risk of speech impediments. It can also make it difficult to clean your gums and teeth adequately. During a maxillary frenectomy, your dentist clips the labial frenulum, increasing your upper lip’s mobility.
Frenectomy is a quick, outpatient procedure that typically takes less than 15 minutes. At the beginning of your appointment, your dentist conducts an oral exam and reviews your dental health history.
They then administer a local anesthetic, numbing your gums and tongue. Once the anesthesia sets in, your dentist quickly snips the frenulum.
If your lip or tongue tie is severe, they might also use stitches or sutures to close the incision. After releasing the frenulum, your dentist sends you home with a list of recovery instructions.
Following frenectomy, it’s essential to keep the surgical site clean. Your dentist might recommend avoiding certain foods for a day or two because trapped particles can increase your risk of infection.
Take your antibiotics as prescribed and continue to brush and floss. Your mouth should heal within a couple of weeks.
To see if you’re a candidate for frenectomy, request a consultation at 286 Madison Dental. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool, or call the office to speak with a caring staff member today.