People are born with two frenula: an upper and a lower. The upper frenulum attaches the upper lip to the gums above the front two teeth, while the lower frenulum connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. In normal circumstances, these frenula are fairly inconsequential to oral health and function. However, when the frenula do not connect in the proper position, they can cause problems. We offer treatment in the form of a frenectomy procedure at our office in Amarillo, TX.
A common reason that patients require a frenectomy is tongue-tie, which means their lower frenulum is attached to a spot that’s too far forward on the tongue. This condition typically disrupts proper oral function in young children but can also affect older children and adults, including
- Speech difficulties
- Problems with social skills/kissing
- Digestion problems (caused by eating issues)
- Breastfeeding trouble (when children are still infants), which leads to more problems as they age
If you or your child suffers from tongue-tie, we encourage you to contact our office for frenectomy treatment. One of our doctors can quickly and carefully snip the frenulum, and either completely remove it or simply re-attach it in a more optimal position on the tongue. We use anesthesia for all frenectomy procedures to ensure there is no discomfort.
The other most common reason that patients need a frenectomy is diastema. Diastema refers to a space or gap between the teeth. When the upper frenulum is attached to a spot that’s too low on the gums, it can force a space to form between the front teeth. The treatment for a diastema is similar to treatment for tongue-tie. One of our doctors can perform a frenectomy procedure, during which they will cut the frenulum and either remove it or re-attach it in a more optimal position on the gums.
Frenectomy Procedure in Amarillo, TX
Our office provides frenectomy treatment for both tongue-tie and diastemas. If you or your child has any issues with your frenulum, we encourage you to contact our office to correct the problem. We look forward to meeting you.