Are you tongue-tied? The dental term is ankyloglossia, describing when the lingual frenum, a muscular attachment connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is too tight, resulting in restricted movement of the tongue. A frenectomy is a very common minor surgical procedure that may help in a couple of ways:
- To improve eating difficulty.
- To allow speaking properly.
Another type of frenectomy is to release a labial frenum, the muscular tissue connecting the inside of the upper lip to the center of the gums above the front teeth by using sterile scissors to snip the frenulum free. The usual reasons are to correct a gap between the two center front teeth, to get the proper fit of dentures, or eliminate pain. There are several benefits:
- It reduces oral discomfort.
- It improves facial appearance by eliminating a gap between the two upper front teeth.
- It promotes self-confidence.
- It enhances bite function.
- It stabilizes dentures among denture users.