A frenectomy is an oral surgery procedure in the that a band of tissue called a frenulum is cut. This is done when a frenulum constricts too much the movement of the lips or tongue. The simple procedure is often completed in 15 minutes under local anesthesia. Your dentist may advise you to avoid certain foods for a short time after the procedure.
Recovery time is usually 24 hours. During this time, your dentist may advise you to follow a soft diet. After the initial recovery period you will not have more restrictions. The surgery can be done on your lingual or labial frenum. Your lingual frenum connects your tongue to the floor of your mouth, and the labial frenum connects the lip to the gums in front of your teeth.
A soft diet consists of foods that are easy to chew and swallow. You can consume them ground, pureed, chopped and moist. The starchy foods that are recommended are: cooked rice and cereal, macaroni, sweet rolls and English rolls (muffins and rolls), soft bread and tortillas. Fruits and vegetables include applesauce, fruit or vegetable juice, soft melon cubes, skinless mashed potatoes, avocado and ripe bananas. Dairy options include cheese sauces, cottage cheese, milk, smoothies, ice cream and soft yogurt without fruit. Proteins include flaky fish, undercooked eggs, soups, tofu and well-cooked and lightly ground legumes.
Mixing or grinding foods in a processor makes it easier to follow a soft diet during your recovery from a frenectomy. Mix the meats and vegetables with sauce or broth to moisten them and make them soft enough to eat. When you mix fruits, also add a little fruit juice. Follow your dentist's guide when it comes to the consistency of the foods you eat.
Foods you should avoid
Avoid foods that are difficult to chew and swallow during the recovery period. These include popcorn, corn or chips, nuts and crispy cookies. Also, omit rye bread with seeds, dry or coarse whole grain cereals, and pastries and breads with flax seeds or nuts. Sauté green beans, nuts, berries, hard meat such as dried meat, cubes or slices of cheese, peanut butter, yogurt or ice cream that contains pieces of fruit.