A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure used to correct issues related to frenulums, small folds of tissue that join parts of the mouth, such as the tongue, lips and gums. In some cases, a frenulum may be too tight, thick or short, causing functional or orthodontic problems. Dr. Thomas Gardner can perform a frenectomy to address these concerns and improve your oral health and comfort.
Signs You Need a Frenectomy
Our orthodontist may recommend a frenectomy here at Gardner Orthodontics if you have a lip- or tongue-tie.
Tongue-Tie (Ankyloglossia): This develops when the lingual frenulum, which connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth, is too short or tight, restricting tongue movement and potentially affecting speech, eating and oral hygiene.
Lip-Tie: Occurs when the labial frenulum, which connects the upper lip to the gums, is overly tight or thick, causing a gap between the front teeth, difficulty breastfeeding in infants or increased risk of gum recession in adults.
With a consultation at our office, Dr. Thomas Gardner can assess the frenulum to see which one you have before performing a frenectomy.
What To Expect
A frenectomy is a quick procedure performed with the help of local anesthesia. Our skilled orthodontist will carefully remove or release the restrictive frenulum, allowing for improved movement and function. The procedure can be done using various techniques, such as surgical scissors, electrocautery or a laser, depending on your specific needs.
Post-Procedure Care and Recovery
Following a frenectomy, you may feel minimal discomfort, but you can resume your daily activities within a short period. Our orthodontic team will provide you with detailed postoperative care instructions, including guidance on maintaining oral hygiene and managing any potential discomfort to ensure proper healing.
We invite you to call us at 904-802-0767 if you have any questions about a frenectomy in Orange Park, Florida, or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Thomas Gardner.