Say hello to a more comfortable and unrestricted smile for you or your child with our caring frenectomy procedure at Gramercy Dental Center. Our friendly team is here to help you navigate the process of frenectomies with a compassionate touch, making sure patients achieve a smile that feels natural and unrestrained. Bid farewell to those oral limitations and welcome a future where confidence and oral well-being go hand in hand.
A frenectomy addresses oral issues related to restrictive oral tissue, involving the release of connective tissue below the tongue or between the lips and gums. Restrictive oral tissue, commonly known as lip or tongue tie, limits movement in the mouth and may lead to several feeding or developmental issues. Lip and tongue tie can impact speech development, breastfeeding in infants, and may lead to orthodontic challenges in the future.
Frenectomies are most commonly recommended for infants, but are sometimes necessary for adults too. Tension from a restrictive frenulum may cause gum recession by pulling the gums away from teeth or lead to other oral health problems. No matter the reason, frenectomies are a quick and simple oral surgery that’s completed in a single visit. With our gentle hand, restrictive tissue is removed safely and effectively for a healthier smile.
Although it’s a common procedure, not every child needs a frenectomy. To understand whether your little one is experiencing tongue or lip tie, here are several signs to look out for:
If you’re unsure if a frenectomy is necessary for your child, a quick dental checkup with our dentists is the best step forward. Our skilled team assesses individual cases to determine the necessity of this procedure.
At Gramercy Dental Center, we specialize in performing gentle and minimally invasive frenectomies. The procedure is typically completed in just a few minutes. We’ll first ensure the patient is comfortable, helped with the aid of local anesthesia if necessary. The restrictive tissue is then snipped with surgical scissors, and cleaned to prevent infection. Our expertise ensures a compassionate approach, especially for our young patients.
Post-frenectomy care is simple and crucial for a smooth recovery. Most infants are able to feed normally immediately after the procedure with no issues. Older children and adults may experience slightly more discomfort and swelling. Take over-the-counter pain medication as instructed, and keep your head elevated with a pillow at night. To keep the area clean, patients can gently rinse with warm salt water and carefully avoid the site while brushing. After three to four days, the swelling should subside and patients can begin to return to their normal routines.
Do you suspect lip or tongue tie are holding back you or your child’s smile? The Gramercy Dental Center team is here to help with compassionate care. Schedule a consultation with us to discuss your unique needs or those of your child. Contact us today, and let our friendly team guide you through the process with expert care and compassion. Your family’s journey to better oral health starts here.