As outlined above frenectomies are done on the labial frenulum
problems. They are also done on the lingual frenulum
(there are many correct spellings of these words). Most often this is done to correct speech problem
s but it can also correct feeding problems, stop drooling
, prevent carie
s and dental malocclusion
s, prevent obstructive sleep apnea
(related to the apnea), aid in digestion, and in social interactions.
Yes, frenectomies hurt. Frenotomies
are not such a big deal as the tissue
is non-vascular and also not full of nerves. If the lingual frenulum
is thick with nerves and/or blood vessels or muscle tissue a frenotomy
is not possible and a frenectomy
would be called for. Frenotomies
are most often done on infants for breastfeeding problems related to tongue immobility
. Older children and adults more often require frenectomies. I would speculate that this is probably because if the problem were a simple fibrous tissue one then it would have ruptured on its own in the first few years of life. Those left in an "older" person are more likely the thicker variety. Also, an "older" person is going to need to relearn speech, eating and breathing patterns.