Frenectomies are procedures that can be completed in only a single visit. Frenectomies help patients improve their dental health and the aesthetics of their smiles. We put all of our focus on aesthetic and implant dentistry at our clinic. We only use the most up-to-date technology, and we also offer our clients plenty of options for financing so that everyone has the best opportunity to achieve a great smile and improve their dental health. 

The labial frenulum is the tissue that connects your gums to the upper jaw area. Then, another frenum connects the tongue to the lower part of the jaw. Both frenums improve the look and health of our oral health. 

However, in some cases, the frenum may be thicker than normal, or it develops some other abnormal changes that are nobody’s fault. This can cause recurring dental issues and pain in some instances. Frenulum abnormalities are typically linked to speech impairments or poor speech development in children.

About the Frenectomy Procedure:

This is where frenectomies come in. There are two types of frenectomies, and the one that a patient receives will depend on which frenum is causing pain. 

Once you complete your frenectomy, you should be aware that you will still feel numb due to the procedure’s anesthesia. After this, many patients typically experience a bit of pain, light bleeding and some swelling. You might have blood in the saliva for a few days after the operation. The swelling in your mouth will last a little longer than this. You need to know that these reactions are a natural response from your body to the operation and during the healing process. 

The time it takes for your body to heal will depend on the method used to complete the frenectomy. If you had gotten a laser frenectomy, it would usually give you a shorter recovery time than other types since the laser will promote a quicker healing process. However, keep in mind that any type of procedure will give you great results. 

For some days after the procedure, you will begin to see a white patch forming on the area that received treatment. This is one of the first signs that the healing process occurs. The white patch that forms will continue to get bigger over time, and symptoms such as pain, bleeding and swelling will lessen and fade away. 

Your stitches will also begin to dissolve during this time, and they will start to fall out on their own accord. The healing patch will shrink at the beginning of the second to the fourth week. And by the end of your fourth week, it will disappear and be replaced by a completely new frenulum. 

If you have any questions about your frenectomy, then do not hesitate to contact us. We encourage you to open a discussion with our friendly staff at the Durham Tongue Tie Laser Clinic.