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!