A frenectomy is when your dentist removes a piece of the frenulum, which is a small fold of tissue in the body. This small tissue connects to an organ, like the tongue, keeping it from moving too far. The specific procedure you would undergo, if the tissue is connecting to the tongue is a lingual frenectomy.
For this procedure, your dentist will cut some of the tissue, which releases the tongue from being so held so closely in the mouth. This procedure is meant to alleviate any pain or discomfort you may be dealing with.
It is important to understand that after your frenectomy, you will be dealing with a few minor things while you heal.
• The first thing you may endure is a little bleeding. Bleeding may occur up until a few hours post-op. It is important to rest with your head elevated. If you notice pink color or some blood in your saliva, a few days after your surgery, this is completely normal and does not mean there is an issue.
• Swelling is another thing you may deal with post-op. Swelling occurs as a normal reaction to trauma to the body, and can be minimized with the use of ice packs.
• Pain is associated with any surgery, unfortunately, so if you feel any kind of severe discomfort, you should take ibuprofen. This will help with the pain you are feeling.
• Always note that after any oral surgery, vigorous rinsing of the mouth or using a straw is not recommended.
If you have any further questions about getting a frenectomy or how to deal with one after your operation, contact your dentist. They will be able to guide you through any necessary healing techniques to ensure your healing goes smoothly.
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