Sometimes, the tongue or lips can be restricted by a band of tissue called the frenulum, also called the frenum. A normal frenulum helps support the muscles of the tongue and lips and allows patients to eat and speak comfortably. However, if the frenulum is too short, it can affect the growth of the palate and limit movement.
To correct this problem, there is a procedure that your dentist can perform. A frenectomy is a general dentistry treatment that surgically cuts the frenulum. Dr. Chad Morris offers the frenectomy procedure to patients in his Zachary, LA dental office. He works with his patients to ensure that they feel comfortable before, during, and after the treatment process. Dr. Morris provides corresponding myofunctional therapy to patients before and after their frenectomy to support a lasting outcome.
Signs of Lip-Tie and Tongue-Tie
If a tongue or lip-tie is not corrected, it may lead to these symptoms:
- Tongue thrusting
- Crooked teeth
- Lisps or speech impediments
- Mouth breathing
- Sleep disorders
- Jaw pain
- TMJ disorders
- Facial tension
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
Please contact our office if you or your child have a tongue-tie or lip-tie. Dr. Morris recommends appropriate therapies and exercises throughout the treatment process to help patients expand the movement of their tongues or lips to achieve normal range of motion.
Frenectomy Treatment and Myofunctional Therapy
At a consultation, Dr. Morris will assess the condition and severity of your child’s or your lip or tongue-tie. During the frenectomy procedure, Dr. Morris cuts the frenulum using specialized dental tools. He uses a local anesthetic for the comfort of his patients. The frenectomy treatment is quick and there is minimal downtime associated with the procedure.
There are two types of frenectomies available. The type your or your child needs will depend on whether your child is lip or tongue-tied.
Lingual Frenectomy: a lingual frenectomy will remove or shorted the frenulum below the tongue. This small band of tissue attaches your tongue to the floor of the mouth. Correcting this problem should help with speech and eating problems.
Labial Frenectomy: a labial frenectomy, or maxillary frenectomy, will fix the frenulum below the upper lip. For patient’s that are lip tied, this procedure have help improve problems with speech, eating, sleep apnea, and swallowing food. It
Dr. Morris offers customized myofunctional therapy to patients before and after treatment. Myofunctional therapy or myofascial release therapy (MFR) helps strengthen the muscles of the lips or tongue. Working on the soft tissues of the mouth helps them function normally and also prevents reattachment. Training the muscles with myofunctional therapy improves oral and overall health as well as patient confidence.
Schedule a Dental Consultation
Do you have a tongue-tie or lip-tie? Is your tongue or lip-tie restricting your mouth muscles? You can request a dental appointment with Dr. Morris on our website or call his dental office for treatment at 225.725.7565. Let Dr. Morris know if you have specific questions at your next consultation. He will be happy to help answer them for you.