Lip and Tongue Tie Correction (Frenectomy)

Your Guide to Child Lip and Tongue Tie Corrections (Frenectomies)

What is a frenum?  What is a lip or tongue tie? 

A frenum is a small fold of tissue that secures or restricts the motion of a mobile organ or organs; in this case, the tongue and lip.  Between 4% and 10% of infants are born with some degree of frenum restriction, which can affect their ability to breastfeed or even take a bottle.  These frenum restrictions, also known as tongue ties or lip ties, can be released with a simple procedure known as a frenectomy.  Village Family Dental has been providing frenectomies for children and adults for years and we are offering this beneficial service for infants.  Combining compassion and the latest in laser technology, we can now help both lactating mothers and their children lead healthier lives. 

What is a frenectomy?  

A frenectomy is the removal of a frenum.  A frenum is a small fold of tissue that secures or restricts the motion of a mobile organ.  This is traditionally done by incising the frenum with a scalpel or pair of surgical scissors.  Thanks to advances in technology, this can now be done using a soft-tissue, hand-held laser.  This technique is painless and much quicker than more conventional methods.  

What are the benefits of laser frenectomy?

-There is virtually no bleeding, even in cases with thick tissue.

-The laser kills bacteria and other microbes, making infection virtually impossible.

-The laser tip is small and easily guided where needed, offering the ultimate in precision and accuracy.  

-The laser is also capable of going as far back as needed to eliminate 100% of the restriction. 

What can you expect at your visit?

Your visit will consist of a consultation with one of our providing dentists, during which a thorough assessment will be made to determine if your child is a candidate for a frenectomy.  The procedure itself will take place in-office.  The average laser frenectomy procedure only lasts about 2-3 minutes and is virtually painless.

Healing and Recovery

Recovery time is usually quick with only minimal discomfort during the first 24 to 72 hours following the procedure.  

With the help of frequent breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact, mother and child can recover quickly and enjoy the benefits of improved feeding time.  

What are the symptoms of a lip or high palate tongue tie?

Child symptoms include:

– Weight loss or slow weight gain

-Frequent feedings (2 hours apart or less)

-Shallow latch on breast or bottle

-Clicking or popping sounds during nursing

-Significant reflux or gassy tummy

-Sucking callous on lip

-Child becomes fatigued quickly during feedings

Mommy symptoms include:

-Painful breastfeeding

-Breast still full of milk after feedings

-Mastitis or thrush infection

-Nipple trauma such as:

     *Cracking

     *Bleeding

     *Bruising

     *Creasing

     *Flattening