What is a frenectomy, and why might it be performed?

Drs. Mircea Mitu and George D’Louhy of Family Dental Center in Manteca, California, are dentists who offer a variety of services in their practice. That includes tongue tie and lip tie surgery known as a “frenectomy.”

What is a frenectomy?

A frenectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the frenulum, the thin piece of tissue that attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Frenectomies are most commonly performed to correct tongue-tie, which is when the frenulum is too tight and restricts tongue movement. A lip tie is a similar condition that affects the frenulum of the lips.

Does a frenectomy hurt?

We use proper sedation and anesthetics to ensure that patients are comfortable during their frenectomy procedure. We also offer frenectomies using lasers which are faster, more precise, and cause less bleeding afterward.

What are the benefits of a frenectomy?

A frenectomy can improve speech and eating function in people with tongue-tie. It can also help relieve pain and discomfort caused by the condition.

Who should consider a frenectomy?

People with tongue-tie who experience difficulty speaking or eating may want to consider a frenectomy. The procedure may also be recommended for people with other medical conditions aggravated by a tight frenulum, such as sleep apnea.

How is a frenectomy performed?

A frenectomy is typically performed using a laser. The laser energy is used to cut the tissue and seal the blood vessels, minimizing bleeding and bruising. The procedure is usually performed under anesthesia and takes about 10 minutes or less to complete. Patients have the entire procedure performed right in the dental office with Drs. Mircea Mitu or George D’Louhy and can go back to their normal activities after their visit.

What are the risks of undergoing a frenectomy procedure?

The risks of a frenectomy include bleeding, infection, and scarring. There is also a small risk of damage to nearby teeth or nerves. In rare cases, tongue-tie may recur after a frenectomy.

How do I learn more about laser frenectomy?

Manteca, CA, area patients who need tongue tie or lip tie surgery are welcome to book a consultation visit with our team of professionals at Family Dental Center. Drs. Mitu and D’Louhy are here to ensure patients have access to general, cosmetic, and restorative dental services as well as the frenectomy procedure. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at our practice, call (209) 420-1205 today!