What is frenotomy procedure?

Frenectomy refers to the procedure that removes the connective tissue (called the frenum) at either the top or the bottom of the mouth, specifically under the tongue or the upper gums.

What is the tool used for frenectomy?

A laser frenectomy can be performed with a soft-tissue laser, such as CO2, Diode (hot tip), Nd:YAG, and Er:YAG. The CO2 laser is the ideal laser for both cutting and coagulating soft tissue during a frenectomy.

How much does a frenotomy cost?

On average, a frenulectomy costs usually costs between $500 to $1,500; however, the cost will vary greatly depending on the clinic where the frenectomy is performed, whether the procedure can be performed in one visit, and whether sedation is used, and if so, what kind.

How do you do a frenulotomy?

The procedure involves holding the tongue up towards the roof of the mouth to make the frenulum taut, then cutting through the white, fascia-like tissue along a line parallel with, and fairly close to, the tongue. The cut is made in a single motion in less than a second. Anesthesia is not necessary.

What is aberrant frenum?

An aberrant frenal attachment is present, which causes a midline diastema. A flattened papilla with the frenum closely attached to the gingival margin is present, which causes a gingival recession and a hindrance in maintaining the oral hygiene.

Is frenectomy necessary?

Performing the Procedure If it is discovered that you or child are suffering the undesirable side effects of an elongated frenulum, a frenectomy may be recommended as a permanent solution. Your oral surgeon will assess the frenum or frena in question to determine whether or not the procedure is necessary.

Is tongue-tie or laser cut better?

There is minimal to no bleeding when you choose laser tongue-tie surgery. Our laser technique effectively burns the membrane connecting the tongue to the gum line. This may sound scary, but in reality this technique is much less painful and more accurate than traditional surgery methods involving scissors.

Does tongue tie laser surgery hurt?

It is difficult for a parent to watch their young child or baby undergo an operation. However, the tongue tie laser surgery has little to no pain. The patient will have only minor bleeding. In fact, the dentist should not have to use stitches on the wound site.

Does tongue tie affect speech?

There is a misconception that a tongue-tie will cause problems with a child’s speech intelligibility, or that a child may not be able to speak because of a restricted lingual frenulum. Despite this common belief, there is no evidence in the scientific literature that ankyloglossia typically causes speech impairments.

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