The top rated New York board certified dentists, orthodontists, and dental pain specialists at the Orthodontics Center of NYC (Midtown East, Manhattan, NYC) are proud to offer patients tongue and lip tie release procedures (also known as an oral frenectomy). An oral frenectomy is a simple procedure most commonly employed upon infants, children, and adults to relieve symptoms associated with a tongue tie or lip tie. Humans possess a frenum between the gums and upper lip, along with another between the tongue and gums and these forms of soft tissue ensure the connected organs do not stray too far from its intended placement. The procedure consists of removing or reshaping the targeted frenum to create space for full range of tongue / lip motion, which can help with speech development. The labial frenum is located at the top of the mouth between the upper lip and gums, while the lingual frenum is located between the tongue and lower gums.
The best in class board certified dentists, orthodontists, and dental pain specialists at the Orthodontics Center of NYC (Midtown East, Manhattan, NY) routinely perform in-office oral frenectomy for patients who suffer from tongue tie or lip tie issues. Children may undergo an oral frenectomy as a result of a misshapen labial or lingual frenum. Research suggests that infants who suffer from a shorter than average frenum can lead to speech development problems and difficulty breastfeeding, which is why our NYC based team recommends oral frenectomy for infants / children with misshapen frenums. Adults can also develop a misshapen frenum as a result of changes in the oral cavity that may ultimately cause gum recession. An adult frenectomy differs from an infant / child frenectomy, as it may require preoperative anesthesia and a longer recovery. The top rated dentists and dental pain specialists at the Orthodontics Center of NYC (Midtown East, New York) use the latest and least invasive functional techniques using CO2 laser
An oral frenectomy may address any of the following:
- Diastema (gapped teeth)
- Gum recession
- Lip tie
- Tongue tie
Lingual Frenectomy: A lingual frenectomy consists of cutting or reshaping the soft tissue that connects the tongue to the underside of the mouth. The main goal of a lingual frenectomy is to correct a tongue tie, gum recession, or diastema.
Labial Frenectomy: A labial frenectomy aims to reshape or remove the piece of tissue that connects the upper lip and gums. The procedure aims to correct a lip tie, gum recession, or diastema.
During your initial oral frenectomy consultation with the top rated New York based board certified dentist, the dentist will review your medical history and perform a routine exam. At the Orthodontics Center of NYC, our top rated dentists use the latest and greatest in CO2 laser technology to employ both lingual and labial frenectomies. The procedure itself takes between 30-45 minutes, depending on the patient’s age. Infants and small children may need the help of a parent to help keep their head back and steady, while adult patients may receive local anesthesia to minimize pain prior to the procedure. The ultimate surgical method depends on the patient’s unique anatomical needs and stitches may be utilized to close the incision. An oral frenectomy is a minimally invasive dental procedure performed in-office at the top rated Orthodontics Center of NYC (located in the heart of Midtown, Manhattan, New York).
The Orthodontics Center of NYC specializes in taking exceptional care of each orthodontic patient. The honor and privilege of caring for our patients comes with the responsibility and dedication from our best in class orthodontists and our staff to adhere to the utmost standards of excellence in orthodontic patient care. As top-rated, best in class orthodontists we provide highly personalized and comprehensive care. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an orthodontic consultation please feel free to contact our Upper East Side (Manhattan, NY) orthodontic practice for an orthodontic consultation.
Orthodontics Center of NYC
635 Madison Ave, 19th FL, #B
New York, NY 10022