Frenectomy

We cherish the joy of seeing our children smile, laugh, and explore the world with uninhibited curiosity. However, when issues like tongue-tie or lip-tie hinder their ability to fully express themselves, it can cause concern and frustration. At Frisco Mini Molars Pediatric Dentistry, we’re here to help your child unlock the full potential of their smile with expert frenectomy solutions in Frisco, TX. Whether your child is experiencing restrictions in tongue movement (tongue-tie) or lip movement (lip-tie), we’re here to provide gentle and effective solutions to help them achieve optimal oral function and comfort.

What is a Frenectomy?

Frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure performed to release tight or restrictive bands of tissue known as frenula. These bands of tissue can occur beneath the tongue (lingual frenulum) or between the upper lip and the gum tissue (labial frenulum). When these frenula are overly tight or attached too close to the tongue or lip, they can restrict movement.

Tongue-tie and lip-tie can significantly impact your child’s quality of life, from infancy through childhood. These conditions may interfere with breastfeeding, leading to feeding difficulties and frustration for both parent and child. As your child grows, untreated tongue-tie or lip-tie can affect speech development, oral hygiene, and social interactions. By addressing these issues with a frenectomy, we can help your child overcome these obstacles and thrive with confidence.

Indications for Frenectomy

We may recommend a frenectomy for children who experience the following issues:

  1. Tongue-Tie (Ankyloglossia): Tongue-tie occurs when the lingual frenulum is abnormally short or tight, restricting the movement of the tongue. This can interfere with breastfeeding, speech development, and oral hygiene.
  2. Lip-Tie: Lip-tie occurs when the labial frenulum is attached too close to the gum line, limiting the movement of the upper lip. This can affect breastfeeding, oral hygiene, and proper alignment of the teeth.

What are the Benefits of Frenectomy?

Frenectomy offers numerous benefits for children, including:

  1. Improved Oral Function: By releasing restrictive frenula, frenectomy allows for improved movement of the tongue and lips, facilitating proper speech articulation, breastfeeding, and oral hygiene.
  2. Pain Relief: Children with tongue-tie or lip-tie may experience discomfort or pain when attempting to move their tongue or lips. Frenectomy can alleviate this discomfort and improve overall comfort and well-being.
  3. Enhanced Feeding: For infants with tongue-tie, frenectomy can improve latch and breastfeeding efficiency, leading to better nutrition and bonding between mother and baby.
  4. Speech Development: Frenectomy can help facilitate proper tongue movement and articulation, reducing the risk of speech impediments and promoting clear and fluent speech development.

Is Frenectomy Painful?

Frenectomy is a relatively quick and minimally invasive procedure that is typically performed under local anesthesia to ensure your child’s comfort. While your child may experience some discomfort or soreness following the procedure, it is usually mild, and you can manage the discomfort over-the-counter pain medication.

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How Long Does it Take to Recover From a Frenectomy?

Recovery time varies from child to child but is generally quick. Most children are able to resume normal activities within a day or two following the procedure. To promote healing and minimize discomfort, it's essential to follow post-operative care instructions provided by your dentist.

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Are There Any Risks or Complications Associated With Frenectomy?

Frenectomy is considered a safe procedure with minimal risks. However, as with any surgical procedure, there is a small risk of complications such as bleeding, infection, or recurrence of the condition. Before proceeding with the procedure, Dr. Mitchell will discuss any potential risks and benefits with you.

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Frenectomy in Frisco, TX

If you believe your child may benefit from a frenectomy procedure, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Laura Mitchell at Frisco Mini Molars Pediatric Dentistry. Together, we'll assess your child's oral health needs and determine the most appropriate treatment plan to help them achieve freedom and comfort in their oral function. Schedule a consultation today.