A frenectomy is a simple oral procedure performed right here in the office by our team of dental experts using a dental laser. It involves removing the tissue connecting the tongue (lingual frenum) or upper/lower lip (labial frenum) to correct issues caused by tongue or lip tie. Frenectomy procedures can be performed on infants, children, and adults for a variety of reasons.
For infants, tongue tie and lip tie may inhibit latching during breastfeeding or bottle feeding, excessive gassiness, or a heart-shaped tip of the tongue. This can cause feeding disruptions for your child but may also cause pain for breastfeeding mothers. A partnership with a local lactation consultant before and after the procedure will provide additional benefits.
When it comes to older children or young adults, a frenectomy can help resolve speech impediments, lower jaw retrusion, gap between upper or lower front teeth, gum recession, and airway issues.
Compared to the outdated “scissor frenectomy,” the advantages of laser frenectomy include:
Ultimately, this minimally invasive procedure positively enhances the development of the patient.
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