Frenectomy – About the Procedure

Our qualified and skilled team of dentists are very experienced in carrying out the frenectomy procedure – a surgery involving the removal of the frenum.

The frenum is a small fold of skin and connective tissue that prevents an organ or muscle mass in the body from moving too far. It is a normal part of the body and while most people do not require any surgical intervention of the frena, some do.

The Problematic Frenum

If a frenum is too large or deep it can sometimes restrict or obstruct normal function of the body part to which it is attached, for example, the tongue or lips.

There are three frena in the mouth. The most problematic frenum is found in the midline under the tongue. This is known as a lingual frenum. When this frenum prevents correct tongue function, it is commonly known as tongue-tie or ankyloglossia.

The two other frena are found in the midline under the upper and lower lips. They connect the lip to the gums below the two front teeth and these are known as maxillary labial frenum and mandibular labial frenum respectively.

When is a Frenectomy Recommended?

A lingual frenectomy is the removal of the lingual frenum and is commonly performed to treat tongue-tie or ankyloglossia. The most common reasons for recommending a lingual frenectomy include difficulty with breastfeeding, speech development or tongue functions such as licking, eating or swallowing.

A labial frenectomy is the removal of the lip frenum. It is performed for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Breastfeeding problems
  • The prevention of gum recession where the frenum is too high on the gums
  • Orthodontic reasons, where a large frenum causes a space to develop between the two front teeth (as an adjunct to orthodontic treatment)
  • To improve the fit of a denture where the frenum interferes with the function of the denture

What to Expect from Your Frenectomy

Our experienced Coburg dentist, Dr Kestenberg, performs the frenectomy procedure using a diode or Erbium: YAG laser. This can be done for patients of any age and only takes a few minutes to do in our Melbourne dental clinic.

The majority of patients do not require any local anaesthetic, but if you wish a topical anaesthetic cream or a local anaesthetic injection can be given.

You can expect to feel a ‘pins and needles’ type sensation and experience a burning smell during the procedure.

Recovering from Your Frenectomy

Laser surgery has the advantage of not requiring anaesthesia or stitching in most situations.

Healing from a frenectomy generally takes 7 to 14 days, and you should not require any pain killers or antibiotics after your laser frenectomy procedure.

Find Out More

To find out more about frenectomy surgery, or to book a consultation with an experienced dentist, call Coburg Dental Group on 03 9386 1805 or make an appointment online.