Frenectomy, Is Your Child's Lip or Tongue Tied?

Children are occasionally born with a lip-tied or tongue-tied attachment that inhibits their ability to nurse with mom or on a bottle. However, it can cause other serious issues such as swallowing, difficulty eating or drinking, poor sleep, a higher chance of tooth decay, interfere with speech, create gaps in the front teeth, and affect breathing.

 

A Frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure performed to release the connection of the “frenum,” a connective muscle between two tissues. Two types of oral frenectomies are frequently performed on both adults and children for a variety of reasons. 

A Labial Frenectomy is performed on the tissue that connects the lip to the gums. This may be performed on children or adults to aid with orthodontic treatment or even help with the proper fitting for a denture or appliance.

A Lingual Frenectomy may also be referred to as the release of tongue-ties (ankyloglossia). This procedure is performed on the connective tissue under the tongue. The procedure is often performed on neonatal patients to assist with nursing or on toddlers or older patients needing surgery to help correct speech issues caused by limited movement due to frenum.

 

If you or your child is suffering from lip or tongue tied, you don’t have to go to a surgeon. We can do it in-office for you. Call today.