Everyone has frenums, or frenulums, of varying shapes and sizes in their mouth. While some patients may not have an issue with their frenum, parents may find that their child’s frenulum grows in a way that impairs their oral function. If so, the child may benefit from a frenectomy.
The Frenectomy Procedure
A frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure that removes connective tissue, known as the frenum, located at the top or bottom of the mouth. This procedure is done when a tongue or lip tie is too short or thick, causing an oral restriction. Treatment for tongue and lip ties is relatively quick and can be performed with a scalpel or laser to sever the frenum.
Signs Your Child Needs a Frenectomy
If you’re wondering if your child needs a frenectomy, there are some common signs you can look out for. Some of the most common ones include:
- Issues with latching on to nurse
- Difficulty producing intelligible speech
- Sticking out the tongue causes it to look heart-shaped
- Regularly sleeping with the mouth open
- Receding gums
Benefits of a Frenectomy
It’s understandable if you’re hesitant about moving forward with a surgical procedure on your child. But if it is deemed necessary, there are numerous benefits of a frenectomy:
- Reduction or elimination of feeding difficulties
- Improved speech
- Better control of saliva
- Increased tongue extension and range of motion
Gentle Children’s Dentistry at Storybook Smiles
Fortunately, a frenectomy is associated with minimal post-op discomfort. During a consultation at Storybook Smiles, our team would be happy to explain specific details to you regarding what you can expect during and after this procedure! We aim to help parents feel well-informed about their child’s oral healthcare. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your child. We look forward to caring for your child’s smile!