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Winnipeg, Manitoba

A child smiling after receiving a frenectomy at Dr. Tim Dumore & Team in Winnipeg, ManitobaIn orthodontics, we are taught about small folds or bands of skin tissue in the mouth known as a frenulum or frenum (Frena, frenums, or frenula for plural usage). This is basically meant to prevent an organ in your body from moving too much or too far outside its proper position. However, when one or more of these frena begin to malfunction in such a way that they can affect your oral health & function, that’s when it may become necessary to surgically remove it. This surgery is referred to as a frenectomy.

Any kind of surgery may sound scary when you first hear it, which is understandable. Rest assured though, at Dr. Tim Dumore & Team, and we do everything in our power to make your experience as comfortable and painless as possible. Here, you’ll learn all the facts you need to better grasp what is involved in a frenectomy and the benefits it can bring. If you or a loved one are considering getting a frenectomy and have any questions, please call to schedule a visit at 204-809-6026.

Frenulum Types

There are three main types of frena:

•  Labial- Located in the upper arch, it connects the upper lip to the gum tissue of the upper teeth.
•  Lingual- Located between the tongue’s base and floor of the mouth, it connects the tongue to the floor.
•  Gingival- This connects to the gum tissue between two teeth. Gapped teeth (Front teeth with a noticeable gap between them) can be a sign of an abnormally wide and long gingival or labial frenulum.

Why Should I Get a Frenectomy?

Having a frenum reduced in size and length is a simple operation that can be performed on people of any age to improve dental health and promote a lifetime of beautiful smiles. Luckily for any nervous cases, the procedure is fairly painless with next to no bleeding and typically very little recovery time.

When is a Frenectomy Needed?

Generally, frena are very useful in helping restrict our organs’ movements to a healthy degree. However, signifiers of problems are often noticed in patients from a young age, when their dentition is still developing. If you or your child exhibit one of the following traits, a frenectomy may be needed:

•  If the lingual frenum restricts the tongue’s motion in a condition commonly called “tongue tied”, interfering with speech, swallowing, and free movement. This can be especially harmful for infants, who may then struggle with nursing and eventually speaking.
•  If the labial frenum is too wide or long and extends too far near the gumline, which may create excess space between the two front teeth. This can potentially affect their growth and create more space for food to get stuck in the front teeth, leading to increased risk of gum disease (Ex- Gingivitis).

How is a Frenectomy Performed?

The goal is generally to reduce the size of the respective frenulum to either correct restrictions on organ or tissue movement. It is the action of precisely cutting and reshaping tissue for the most desired result. Depending on the patient, preferences for the surgery, location of the frenum, and limitations of the procedure, Dr. Dumore may perform the frenectomy with a scalpel, a laser designed to cut soft tissue, or in some instances a combination of both instruments.

What Happens After a Frenectomy?

•  In most cases, post-surgery pain and swelling is minimal. Patients usually hardly notice the operation’s effects. Some compare the experience of having a “pizza burn” (That feeling of burned skin inside the mouth after biting something hot) in and around their mouth.
•  It’s important to protect the uncovered surgical area during the healing process, which can be made easier and faster by rinsing with mouthwash.
•  Following multiple post-surgery reviews, patients may resume their regular dental hygiene at home as part of their maintenance for their new mouth.

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