Lingual Frenectomy

Care After

These instructions provide information on care after the procedure. The caregiver also may provide more specific instructions. Treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. If problems occur or questions remain after the procedure, the caregiver should be contacted.


  • Only take over-the-counter and prescription medicines for pain or discomfort as directed by the caregiver.

  • The day after surgery, rinse the floor of the mouth with warm salt water.

  • Perform tongue exercises to stretch the tongue so it does not heal tightly to the floor of the mouth. During the exercise, extend the tongue as far as possible toward the tip of the nose. If these exercises are too uncomfortable at first, attempt them again after waiting 24 hours. The exercises should be done for 4 to 5 days.

  • Eat solid food for the first few days, as tolerated. Eating soft foods at first is a good way to ease back into a regular diet.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your urine clear or pale yellow.


  • There is blood in the saliva for more than 2 days after the procedure.

  • There is still pain for more than 2 days after the procedure.


  • The pain gets worse.

  • Vomiting occurs for longer than 3 hours.

  • A dry mouth, sunken eyes, crying without tears, or decreased urination develops.

  • There is swelling or redness under the tongue.

  • There is difficulty swallowing or excessive drooling.

  • There is excessive bleeding from the mouth.

  • There is severe swelling under the tongue or chin.

  • A barking cough or wheezing develops.