Laser-Assisted Frenectomies for Adults in Tamarac
Fast and Comfortable High-Tech Treatment for Tongue-Tied or Lip-Tied Adults
A frenum is a small fold of tissue that connects two parts of your mouth and limits the motion of one of the parts. There is a frenum on the inside of each of your lips, and another one under the center of your tongue. Sometimes a frenum is of such a size or strength that it restricts the motion of the lip or tongue excessively. Such a condition is referred to as a tongue-tie or lip-tie.
Tongue- and lip-ties can make it difficult to pronounce certain sounds and can inhibit chewing and swallowing. They can also make it difficult to maintain dental health and can cause pain in the jaw. Adults wearing dentures may have trouble with them not fitting properly, or repeatedly becoming loose, due to a frenum that is too short or too strong.
Dr. Levine can perform a frenectomy, a fast and simple procedure to restore mobility to the lip or tongue. He uses an advanced dental laser to make the process minimally invasive and comfortable.
As a periodontist, Dr. Levine is a specialist in the treatment of the gums and other soft tissues in the mouth. He uses the latest technology to provide treatment that is comfortable and minimally invasive.
Benefits of a Frenectomy
Depending on what you are experiencing from an overly restrictive frenum, you could experience a variety of benefits from getting it corrected. Below are some of the most common results:
- Your ability to speak can improve.
- You will find it easier to eat and swallow.
- If you wear dentures, they can become more stable in your mouth.
- Your self-confidence can receive a boost.
Frenectomy treatment can assist with speech impediments
Many sounds in speech that necessitate tongue contact with your upper jaw can be very difficult to pronounce correctly if you have a tongue-tie. In English, this would include the sounds made by the letters S,Z,T,D,L and R. Tongue-tie has also been found to be a major factor in lisping.
Speech pathologists often refer their clients to us for an evaluation of the lips and tongue, to see if there is any undue restriction. When it is established that the frenum is having a direct influence on speech, Dr. Levine corrects this using a simple and effective laser procedure. This has been beneficial for many patients who had speech difficulties.