When it comes to your oral health, most people’s biggest threat oven involves decay, periodontal disease, or other forms of concerns caused by harmful oral bacteria. In fact, these examples are among the most common dental issues there are, affecting millions of people every year. For some, however, these concerns become exacerbated by an improperly formed oral frenulum. In today’s blog, your Prairie Village, KS prosthodontist will take a look at the complications that arise from tongue-tie and how our team can perform a frenectomy to help.
The condition known as tongue-tie is one that is present from birth for those it affects, and the cause of this phenomenon is largely unknown. Before birth, the lingual frenulum separates in order to allow the tongue full range of motion. In some cases, however, this does not occur and it remains attached to the bottom of the tongue after birth and throughout life. While it may not seem as though it is a major concern, it can certainly result in immediate complications such as difficulty sticking your tongue out, or even lifelong ones such as linguistic challenges. If you suspect that you may have tongue-tie and would like to learn about your options, reach out to our team today.
Difficulties and Side Effects
For individuals who experience tongue-tie, an unusually short or tight band of tissue tethers the tongue to the floor of the mouth. What’s more, it can result in difficulty lifting the tongue toward the upper teeth, moving the tongue from side-to-side, appearing notched or heart-shaped when attempting to stick out the tongue, oral health complications, and more. Additionally, a person may have difficulty enunciating certain letters or words due to limited mobility. Fortunately, Dr. Stuart Dexter can help alleviate these concerns and restore proper function with the help of a frenectomy procedure.
Improved Oral Health
Depending on the severity of your condition and just how much function is impacted, a frenectomy can be utilized to improve your condition. During this process, our team will carefully remove the frenulum through a maxillofacial surgery that is minimally invasive in nature, allowing you to properly heal and benefit from your procedure in no time. What’s more, we will work with you to identify the best treatment option, whether the concern is your labial frenulum or your lingual one. For some individuals, tongue tie may not affect their function or capability in any way, but for others, this treatment not only restores a number of capabilities but reduces oral health complications as well.
Learn More Today
For more information about tongue-tie and how our team can help, contact Dr. Stuart Dexter, Prosthodontist in Prairie Village, KS by calling 913-362-8200 to schedule your appointment today.