Checking tongue to see if frenectomy is needed

Frenectomy is a simple, minimally invasive surgical procedure that removes the frenulum from the tongue or lip. It can be done in our Hermiston office by Dr. Nicacio with just one visit and minimal discomfort. With our dental laser, we can perform the procedure with incredible accuracy and eliminate most bleeding. The frenectomy procedure is a less-invasive alternative to traditional surgery in which the frenulum would be incised from above the tongue or lip, requiring stitches to close up and possibly resulting in scarring.

What Is A Frenelum?

The frenulum is a small, elastic fold of tissue in the tongue or lip that helps to prevent it from slipping out of position. This attachment can become too tough and thick over time, blocking the normal movement of the tongue or lip and causing speech problems. So a frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure to remove the tight tissue and ducts attached to it so that there will be no interference, similar to having your tonsils taken out.

Do I Need A Frenectomy?

When your frenulum prevents you from going about your normal daily life, i.e. speaking, eating a sandwich, and so on, a frenectomy may be the answer. It is done by Dr. Nicacio with minimal discomfort and bleeding using our Hermiston office’s laser surgical technique (frenolis). You can enjoy the benefits of one less obstruction to make eating easy again!

How Painful Is A Laser Frenectomy?

Laser frenectomy is a relatively painless procedure. It might feel like a slight scratching sensation during the first few minutes of the laser process, and after that, it should be completely painless. On the other hand, if the surgery is performed with a scalpel, or scissors it will be painful. Also, it takes about thirty minutes during which you have to lie on your back.

Having a frenectomy is not an easy decision to make. If you’re considering this procedure, it’s important that you know the benefits and risks of having one done.

Dr. Nicacio at Hermiston Dental Group will take care of everything for you! Our friendly staff will answer any questions or concerns that come up, and our experienced dentist can perform the surgery in-office. We’ll also provide post-op instructions on how to best care for your mouth after the procedure is complete so that recovery goes smoothly. So give us a call or schedule an appointment online today!

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We love welcoming new patients & reaching as much of our community as possible. We can’t wait to provide you with our effective services and start caring for your dental health. Have any questions? Please give us a call or fill out the form below to request an appointment


550 SW 11th St, Hermiston, OR 97838


Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Lunch at HDG is from 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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Pamela Moyer Martin
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Doctor takes good care of my family. When grandson knocked tooth out, got us in immediately and then set up emergency dental -medical in TRI-Cities for him in hopes of saving the tooth. Quick, caring action in emergency situation. Above and beyond help. Really feel like he cares about our dental needs. We get the best.
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I’ve always had great experiences with Hermiston dental group. Big shoutout to Becky for always being awesome when she helps me out!! She is friendly & awesome! Nicacio is awesome as well.
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I generally do not like visiting the dentist, but my visit to Hermiston Dental Clinic was the best I’ve ever experienced!!. They went over and above to make sure I was comfortable and without pain. I’m definitely a lifer at Hermiston Dental !!
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Great place with such an amazing DR & friendly staff! 😊 Every time I go for a visit, I know I’ll be walking right out with a wonderful smile thanks to them! (Literally) 😁​

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