Learn More About Frenectomy: Treatment & Recovery in Southaven

Can I decide the number of teeth I would like to undergo gum recontouring treatment?

The number of teeth needed to be treated would be decided based on factors like your anatomy, bone density, bone structure, the health of the oral tissues, amount of gum exposure, length of dental crown exposure, and medical history. Professionals have expertise in deciding the treatment plans. Dr. Adatrow has been doing dental implant surgery for more than 17 years. So, he would ensure that he gives you the best treatment with all his expertise to ensure you have your beautiful smile back.

What are the risks of frenectomy?

Risks associated with frenectomy would depend on the dentist's experience, the type of anesthesia used, and follow-up care. However, we at Advanced Dental Implant and TMJ Center have high success rates because Dr. Adatrow is proficient in frenectomy with 17 years of experience and personally oversees the patient's follow-up care. Our dental team provides detailed post-operative instructions and exercises to be followed.

To mention, few risks of frenectomy are:

  • Numbness of the tip of the tongue
  • Post-operative infections
  • Pain, soreness, and bleeding
  • For a couple of days after surgery, you will have eating difficulty.

Will there be bleeding and swelling after frenectomy?

Swelling and bleeding can occur within the first 24-48 hours of frenectomy surgery. Patients should apply a cold, moist washcloth to the surgery site to control this swelling and bleeding. In 20-minute intervals, this should be used with gentle pressure. It is preferable to avoid hot food and drinks for the first 24 hours after surgery. Patients should also avoid actively rinsing their mouths during this initial day-long duration. Ignoring these guidelines can cause bleeding to persist.

Why was I referred to a speech therapist after a frenectomy?

It is crucial that you adhere to a specific regimen of oral exercises after frenectomy to prevent the frenum from getting reattached at an undesired level and further restrict the tongue's movement. Hence, Dr. Adatrow might refer you to a Speech Therapist who is also a Licensed Orofacial Myologist for a therapeutic guidance during recovery.

Why should I get Frenectomy done at Advanced Dental Implants & TMJ Center?

We at Advanced Dental & TMJ Center strive to provide world-class care to our patients. We make sure that all our patients are comfortable and satisfied with their treatment. Dr. Adatrow is passionate about providing personalized care. He spends time with the patients, understands his patient's condition, and recommends the best possible treatment. He has intensively trained in the University of Tennessee and Indiana University hospital for providing laser treatments, frenectomies, and administering sedation to his patients. He is the only practicing board-certified periodontist and prosthodontist in the southern United States. He has experience of more than 17 years.

What is the duration of healing of frenectomy?

The total recovery period after frenectomy will usually be about three months. However, no more than 2 or 3 days of rest is required. If your career involves a lot of physical pressure and exercise, you may need to take a few days off work.

Is frenectomy long-lasting?

Yes, suppose you adhere to all the post-operative instructions and follow the required exercise regimen. In that case, a frenectomy is a long-lasting procedure.

What is the difference between frenectomy, frenotomy, and frenuloplasty?

There is no difference between them there. They are the same.

Can frenectomy be performed for children?

Yes, if your child has a tongue-tie, it is best to get it resolved in early life stages. Having a thick frenum impacts nursing, chewing, and speaking abilities of your child. This will further affect the confidence, self-worth, and nutrition of the child. Hence, it is better to get it resolved as soon as it is diagnosed.

What diet should I eat after frenectomy?

Soft and easily chewable foods are recommended for patients during the recovery period. Hard, oily, spicy, and acidic foods should be avoided along with any nuts or seeds. When chewing, patients are told to use the side of their mouth opposite the surgical site. We would also recommend refrainment from smoking and alcohol. Both alcohol and smoking might delay healing.

How painful is a frenectomy?

Dr. Adatrow will give local anesthesia to keep you from experiencing any pain. However, after the anesthetic wears off, you might experience some pain or discomfort, which can be managed by taking over the counter analgesics or painkillers.

How should I maintain the site of surgery after frenectomy?

Proper oral hygiene after frenectomy is crucial. Patients should clean their whole mouth after meals and snacks. A gentle brush should be used, and patients should be careful not to brush the surgical site. Antiseptic mouthwash is usually recommended for use in the cleaning process.

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