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Tongue Lip Tie Removal | frenectomy

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What is tongue tie?

Tongue tie is a kind of tissue extension that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. If the tongue tie is longer than normal, it may cause difficulty in speaking and swallowing. Since it contains a soft tissue layer that does not contain vessels and nerves, necessary interventions can be performed safely.

What is a lip tie?

A lip tie is a soft tissue fold extending from the lip to the chin in three different parts of the mouth, the largest in the middle. Longer than normal lip tie can cause aesthetic disorders, speech difficulties and gum recession. It is also known that the lip tie in the midline causes interdental spaces. Since it does not contain nerves and vessels in its structure, it can be shortened with a simple intervention. A long lip tie can also be the cause of the adult gum smile.

What is frenectomy procedure?

Frenectomy, also called lip tie surgery or tongue tie surgery, is a surgical treatment in which the frenulum, a small strip of tissue, is removed or replaced. There are two different types: lingual frenectomy, which involves removing the frenum under the tongue, and labial frenectomy, which involves removing the frenum between the upper lip and gums.

What are the Advantages of Frenectomy?

  1. Improving mouth function: A narrow or shallow lip structure can sometimes cause problems with other functions such as oral hygiene, eating and speaking.
  2. Relieving discomfort: As with tongue-tie situations, pain or discomfort can result from restricted tongue movements.
  3. Improving oral aesthetics: In some cases, the size or protrusion of the lip tie can affect how teeth and gums look when smiling.

What is the Frenectomy Treatment Process?

Frenectomy typically takes a few minutes to complete and is usually done under local anaesthetic. Depending on the type and extent of surgery, your dentist may remove or relocate the frenum using a scalpel or laser.

Some pain or swelling may occur after the operation, but these side effects can usually be reduced with the application of ice. To ensure healthy healing and avoid problems, it's good to follow the post-procedure advice given by your dentist.

How To Tell If Tongue Tie In Babies Is Long?

The syndrome that causes babies to have a long tongue tie is called "Ankyloglossia". Rarely, it can cause problems with speech, feeding or breastfeeding. Long tongue ties can make it difficult to breastfeed or bottle feed a baby. It is recommended to watch for the following signs in your baby:

  1. Frequently asks for a pacifier or bottle
  2. If weight gain is not enough
  3. Repeatedly giving up and retaking a pacifier or bottle
  4. If the baby's tongue flattens out in front of his mouth, forming a ring-shaped dimple
  5. If you have recurring sores in your mouth
  6. Has difficulty pronouncing certain letters or words

If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, it would be prudent to see a pediatrician or language therapist for a tongue-tie evaluation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tongue and Lip Ties

Pain as frenectomy is normally performed under local anesthesia  or no pain is felt. It is normal to have pain or swelling after the procedure, but can usually be relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Simple gingival surgeries applied for frenectomy are completed in a short time. The procedures take an average of 30-60 minutes.

Tongue tie in babies can be removed by making a small incision, especially if they have other mouth problems that may impair their ability to speak or use their mouth properly.

There are some possible problems like infection or bleeding that can happen with a surgical operation. In order to get through the healing process without any problems, it is necessary to take care of oral hygiene and follow the recommendations of the dentist.

A person's recovery may vary depending on their metabolic rate of recovery and their oral hygiene. 3-5 days after treatment, most patients do not feel any discomfort.

Your dentist may diagnose the presence of a long tongue tie or lip tie during the examination. Complaints such as difficulty in pronunciation, difficulty in eating and brushing teeth may be caused by a long lip tie or tongue tie.

Gingival interventions performed in private dental hospitals and dental clinics are not covered by insurance.

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