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Frenectomy

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Frenectomy surgery, also known as frenulectomy surgery is a type of procedure in which the frenulum is removed. The frenulum refers to a small portion of tissue that restricts movement of other mobile organs.

Frenectomy surgery is a very common dentistry procedure and it can be performed on adults and children alike. There are many different types of frenectomy surgery, including:

● Lingual frenectomy (or tongue frenectomy) as a means to treat ankyloglossia
● Labial frenectomy – or lip frenectomy – this procedure is usually performed on patients who wish to get dentures or patients who have tissue attached to the centre of the upper lip (it can cause gum recession)
● Genital frenectomy

Frenectomy surgery can also be performed in order to eliminate tissue that is attached to the gums area between two teeth.

Frenectomy Candidates

There are three main types of patients that require frenectomy surgery:

● Newborns – some babies are born with a tighter, longer or even shorter frenulum which can cause difficulty when breastfeeding, since the tongue’s movement is restricted. Frenectomy surgery can be performed on young patients as well.
● Patients with speech difficulty – some patients may have difficulty speaking properly, due to the frenulum. In these cases, a specialist is required in order to determine if the frenectomy surgery can improve the patient’s speech.
● Patients requiring braces or dentures – patients requiring dentures, braces or even Invisalign may have difficulty wearing them, as result of a larger lip frenulum. Dentures can also fall out quite often, due to a longer or tighter frenulum.

Am I Suitable for Frenectomy?

Frenectomy surgery is not recommended for patients with an active infection in or near the mouth area. It’s best to wait and treat the infection first before going in for surgery. The procedure is also not recommended in cases where the condition will most likely fix itself in time. It’s best to get a consultation from a physician before opting for surgery.

Preparing for Frenectomy

Patients need to avoid blood thinners such as aspirin for at least 2 weeks before the surgery, as it can increase the risk of excessive bleeding, especially when a lingual frenectomy is performed. Patients with a speech difficulty caused by the frenulum should consult a speech pathologist before opting for surgery – sometimes speech therapy is enough to help the patient achieve normal speech.

How is Frenectomy Performed?

Frenectomy surgery can be performed under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia, with the latter being more common for adults. Young children usually undergo the surgery under general anaesthesia.

Once the anaesthesia takes effect, the surgeon will begin removing the frenulum. There are two main instruments which can be used. Laser frenectomy provides the same results as a traditional frenectomy, but with less bleeding. Although it’s a more advantageous technique, the laser can’t be used in all cases and the surgeon may have to resort to a traditional scalpel.

Once the frenulum is cut, dissolving stitches are applied, especially if a lingual frenectomy is performed. The tongue frenulum has plenty of blood vessels. If a labial frenectomy surgery is performed, stitches are not usually necessary.

The procedure lasts just around 15 to 20 minutes.

Frenectomy Summary

Anesthesia

Local anesthetic

Minimum Stay

1 - 2 days

Duration of Operation

10 to 15 minutes

Number of Trips Abroad

1 trip

Frenectomy Recovery

Patients can experience little amounts of pain during the frenectomy recovery period. Some patients may feel discomfort when eating or talking, but the incision site will heal in around a week or so.

Since dissolving stitches are used, there is no need for the patient to return to the clinic. It’s also a good idea to rinse the mouth with salt water, to keep the area clean – patients should do this twice a day until the wound heals.

Frenectomy Risks and Complications

Frenectomy surgery risks and complications include:

● Excessive bleeding
● Infection
● Revision surgery

Frenectomy Side Effects

Frenectomy surgery side effects include:

● Pain
● Discomfort while eating or speaking
● Nausea and vomiting if general anaesthesia is used

Frenectomy Success Rates

Frenectomy surgery reviews set the average success rate at around 98%.

Before and After Frenectomy

Patients will notice considerable speech improvement after the frenectomy surgery.

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Frenectomy Cost

Average Frenectomy costs are € 285, based on Frenectomy prices from 11 clinics. Cheapest Frenectomy cost is € 36 where Frenectomy prices can go up to € 880.

Frenectomy prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Frenectomy in Turkey is a popular option where Frenectomy costs as low as € 135. You can also find Frenectomy clinics in Spain starting from € 440. Frenectomy in Romania is another popular option where prices start from € 36.

Please note that the Frenectomy prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Frenectomy procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Frenectomy procedures. To receive a personalized Frenectomy quote, please click HERE.

Frenectomy FAQ

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Is there any guarantee that the frenulum won’t grow back after frenectomy surgery?

There is no guarantee but following the doctor’s instructions limits the chance of it happening.

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My child needs frenectomy surgery, is there any way to make it easier?

Laser frenectomy surgery is the best option in this case. If the child is very small or scared of the procedure, general anaesthesia may be used.

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How long before I can fit my dentures or braces after frenectomy surgery?

The incision will heal in around 5-7 days.