Lingual Frenectomy (Tongue Tie Release)
The lingual frenulum is the anterior tissue attachemtn between the tongue, floor of the mouth, and the gums behind the two lower front teeth. A short or bulky lingual frenum can cause problems for patients including.
- Speech problems
- Eating and feeding problems (esp. newborns)
- Other mechanical and social problems
If you have a prominent lingual frenum with any or all of these problems, our surgeons can rapidly and comfortably correct this issue with our soft tissue lasers and radiosurgery cautery.
Labial Frenectomy (Lip-Grip Release)
The labial frenulum often attaches to the center of the lip and between the two front central incisor teeth. This can cause a large gap (diastema) and gum recession due to the large amount of pulling of the gums away from the bone. A labial frenectomy removes this prominent labial frenulum.
- Orthodontic patients often have this procedure done to assist with closing a front tooth gap.
- Denture patients find that a prominent frenulum pulls and loosens dentures which can be uncomfortable. This surgery is often done to help dentures fit better.
As with lingual frenetomies, our surgeons can use laser and radiosurgery cautery to make this tissue detachment simple and fast.