Majority of people have heard about tongue tie where the front of tongue is stuck to the gum and behind the lower front teeth. It restricts the movement of tongue which can result in difficulty in speaking. For kids who are in the phase of learning to talk such limitations will obscure oral movements that may result in poor speech development.
For the treatment of such illness, dentists and oral surgeons take away tight tissues – the whole process is called frenectomy. It can be treated with the help of traditional scalpel or through the use of modern technology i.e. laser of suitable wavelength and power. Lasers have an added advantage over scalpel that comprises of lack of bleeding during the treatment and no stitches required after the treatment. The patient feels a little discomfort after the treatment but becomes normal in a few days.
Another type of frenum attachment problem is linked with gum stagnation when the frenum connection links the inner surface or lips or cheeks to the interdental gum papilla between the teeth. Through surgery, by cutting apart frenum and freeing the tension on the sore tissues at gum margin further, stagnation can be avoided. Soon after healing, and the gingivitis has been removed, another surgery takes place in order to cover the naked root surface.
The repair of stagnation is achieved using a connective graft that can be obtained from patient’s own tissues, suitably prepared collagen from pig called xenograft and third human donated prepared tissue known as allograft.
Frenectomy surgery takes just 15 minutes and you can recover fast in just 24 hours. The dentists advise soft diet after the surgery. Takes mashed vegetables or pureed food. Rice and pasta are good food for speedy recovery. You can also have macaroni and muffins. Fruit juice is a great choice, include soft cubes of melon and skinned mashed potatoes in your menu. Dairy items and flaky fish will restore your energy and will be easy to swallow.
The treated area will feel sore for a couple of days only after the laser frenectomy. It will heal fast and you will be back to normal life quickly.