Babies are born with a piece of tissue called a frenum that helps guide/restrict tissue during development. There is a frenulum that attaches the upper and lower lips to the gums as well as the tongue to the floor of the mouth. The frenums are supposed to become laxed or dissipate around birth so it does not cause restriction of tissue. In infants, a shortened/tight frenulum can restrict the tongue and lips to inhibit proper breastfeeding. There are many signs and symptoms to be aware of as a new mother to help determine if your child could improve their breastmilk intake.
If deemed beneficial for the child to have the frenectomy procedure done during an initial consultation appt, a frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure that is performed in our dental office the same appointment. Dr. Reider and Dr. Steele have the ability to perform the surgery with new laser technology and takes less than 15 minutes. Using a laser causes very little bleeding and does not require stitches. Utilizing the laser also results in less postoperative discomfort and a shorter healing time. Infants are able to have the procedure completed with only local topical anesthetic. Proper postoperative instructions and stretching exercises will be reviewed with parents after the procedure.
Tongue-ties and lip-ties are also associated with inhibiting proper speech as well as altering proper tooth alignment in the mouth. If your child is going through speech therapy or was advised to, be sure to have the frenulum in their mouth checked to make sure it is not a physical limitation.
If your child needs a frenectomy, the procedure is very successful and causes minimal discomfort while encouraging astronomical benefits for your child. Call our office today if you have more questions or would like a consultation appt!