Have you had difficulty with speech for your entire life? Many adults who failed to have their frenulum addressed as a child have speaking challenges as grownups, learning to talk around limitations.
While you may not have a noticeable impediment now, speaking may be more difficult than it needs to be. In these cases, a frenectomy may help you to speak more easily and clearly.
Lingual Frenectomy May Improve Speech
A lingual frenectomy involves releasing the tongue from the bottom of the mouth. If your lingual frenulum extends all the way from the mouth floor to the tip of your tongue, range of motion in your tongue will be severely restricted.
This can lead to problems with speech. By releasing the frenulum, the tongue will be able to move more freely, which can help people to be more articulate.
Benefits of a Frenectomy
There are several benefits to a frenectomy that you should consider before the procedure. First, it is important to note that a mildly restricted lingual frenulum likely won't benefit from this procedure.
Plus, if you've been able to make adaptations that are adequate for normal function, you might want to opt out of the procedure. However, if you do have a frenectomy, the benefits that you experience will involve an increased range of motion in the tongue, including:
Improved speech, especially when it comes to sounds requiring tongue elevation, like ""s, t, d, r, l, and z.""
Better management of saliva when speaking
Less mandibular movement
Additionally, when you feel more confident in your speech, you'll be able to express yourself more freely, which can lead to improved articulation. Are you curious about whether or not a frenectomy might be right for you? If so, call us today to learn more. We can point you in the right direction.
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