The buccal frenum, a band of connective tissue inside the mouth, has been a subject of increasing interest among healthcare professionals. When overly restrictive, this tissue can lead to a range of issues, from breastfeeding difficulties in infants to speech and eating challenges, as well as difficulty brushing, gingival recession, and even trouble with dentures in older individuals. This new study, published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, delves into the trends in diagnosis and treatment of buccal-ties among healthcare providers.
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The buccal frenum: Trends in diagnosis and indications for treatment of buccal-ties among 466 healthcare professionals
by Richard Baxter, Robyn Merkel-Walsh, Lisa Lahey, Chad Knutsen, and Soroush Zaghi
The study surveyed 466 healthcare providers experienced in evaluating and managing oral restrictions. A staggering 87% indicated that they assess buccal restrictions using methods such as finger sweeps, visual inspections, and tissue blanching. The study also found that both objective and subjective findings are crucial for diagnosis. Approximately 70% of providers release buccal-ties simultaneously with tongue-ties, and nearly 77% recommend post-operative stretches for optimal healing.
Why This Matters
The study highlights the need for standardized guidelines for diagnosing and treating buccal-ties. It also emphasizes the importance of further research and evidence-based assessments to improve patient outcomes. The study serves as a foundational cornerstone for future works to build upon, particularly in the areas of classification systems, diagnostic criteria, and treatment protocols.
The study mentions the effectiveness of using dental lasers, such as a CO2 laser, for treating buccal-ties. LightScalpel’s CO2 laser technology offers a quick procedure with minimal bleeding and excellent hemostasis, making it a preferred choice among healthcare providers.
The study on buccal-ties is a significant step towards understanding this often-overlooked oral condition. It not only provides valuable insights into current practices among healthcare providers but also underscores the need for further research and standardized guidelines.
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