Is a Frenotomy or Frenectomy Really Necessary?
You might be wondering if you need a frenectomy or frenotomy. In making your decision, it’s important to know the risks if this condition is left untreated.
Issues with the labial frenulum may lead to root exposure, spacing issues, and dental hygiene problems, as the frenulum might pull gum tissue away from the teeth. Orthodontists may not be able to close the gap in teeth, and bone problems may develop. Luckily, these simple procedures can be done at any age.
Issues with the lingual frenulum may lead to restrictions in the mobility and movement of your tongue, which could cause changes in tooth position, speech, and jaw development. This condition is present at birth and is frequently called ankyloglossia or "tongue-tie," according to The Mayo Clinic, and can cause issues with nursing in infants and talking with children. Because the lingual frenulum may loosen as a child grows and resolve tongue-tie or not cause problems later in life, it’s important to consult with your child's pediatrician or dentist.
If you have reservations about getting a frenectomy or frenotomy for yourself, your child, or your infant, don’t worry! You’ll be in good hands, as these procedures are common, and done by dental specialists, including oral surgeons.