Functional Frenuloplasty
(Tongue Tie Release)

The Problem

Bands of fibrous tissue that are present inside of the mouth connect the lips, cheeks, the floor of the mouth, and the jaw bones and normally do not interfere with daily life. When these bands are too tight or attach too close to the tip of the tongue or lips, they prevent proper nasal breathing, swallowing, and tongue movement. Proper development of the palate, jaw development, speech problems, mouth breathing, daily pain, and a myriad of other health issues can also exist. A frenuloplasty/frenectomy is a liberation of the tongue or lip from these anatomical restrictions.

The Procedure

A quick procedure called a Frenectomy/Frenuloplasty is performed under local anesthetic (numbing) in our office to release the bands of tissue impeding normal function. We used scissors to release the tissue and will use dissolvable stitches. Stitches allow us to close the area with primary adaptation (no openings) which provides the patient with very little discomfort afterwards. The procedure takes about fifteen minutes and very little discomfort is reported with patients who have had a frenuloplasty.

Before the Procedure

We recommend working with a Myofunctional Therapist before a Frenuloplasty is performed. They will teach the patient exercises for proper tongue placement and swallowing so that we can achieve optimal results after the procedure is completed.

At Carroll Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, we are determined to provide the very best care for all of our patients. Dr. Kleinman went through extensive training with Dr. Soroush Zaghi, MD and The Breathe Institute to provide these procedures to his patients. Please feel free to click the links and watch the patient testimonials for this procedure that has literally changed people’s lives.