Sunshine Family Dental is proud to offer a specialized treatment called a frenectomy to our patients who may be suffering from a condition known as ankyloglossia. Ankyloglossia, commonly referred to as a tongue-tie, is a condition in which the thin tissue (frenulum) that extends from the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth is too short or too tight, causing the tongue to be restricted in its range of motion.
Symptoms of Ankyloglossia (Tongue-Tie)
The symptoms of ankyloglossia can vary from person to person and can be mild to severe. Mild tongue-ties can cause difficulty with breastfeeding, speaking, and eating, while more severe cases can cause speech impediments, dental issues, and even difficulty with swallowing.
At Sunshine Family Dental, we understand the importance of treating tongue-ties as soon as possible to ensure that patients can enjoy a full range of motion and can eat, talk, and swallow without difficulty.
A frenectomy is a simple, minimally invasive procedure that can be done right in our office. It involves removing and/or reshaping the frenum to create a greater range of motion of the lips or tongue and to allow for proper oral development and muscular function. During the procedure, our experienced dentists will use a laser to remove the excess tissue in the frenulum. The procedure is generally quick and painless, with minimal bleeding, and the entire process can be completed in just a few minutes.
After the frenectomy, we’ll recommend that our patients do some tongue exercises to help the tongue heal and to improve its range of motion. We’ll also provide some tips on how to care for the area, such as eating soft foods, avoiding tobacco, and drinking plenty of water.
At Sunshine Family Dental, we understand that ankyloglossia can create difficulties for some patients, and we strive to ensure that our patients have a full range of motion and a comfortable lifestyle. That’s why we’re proud to offer a frenectomy as a way to help our patients overcome tongue-ties and regain their ability to eat, talk, and swallow without difficulty.