Finding out that your child needs a frenectomy may sound a bit scary. Is it going to hurt them? And, should you wait until a certain age to ensure the best results?
This short article from Little Smiles of Eastvale will help you understand more about how frenectomies work.
A frenectomy is a surgical procedure used to treat tongue ties (ankyloglossia) and lip ties.
These are conditions that restrict the tongue or lip's range of motion.
During a frenectomy procedure, the dentist will cut the frenulum to free the tongue or lip for better movement. This procedure can be done using a variety of tools, but at Little Smiles of Eastvale, we use an advanced laser for quick, pain-free procedures.
Some certain signs and symptoms might indicate your child would benefit from a frenectomy:
There aren't any age limitations when it comes to frenectomies. If the tongue-tie or lip-tie is causing significant breastfeeding difficulties for a newborn or infant, a frenectomy may be performed within the first few weeks or months of life. In fact, tongue ties are often diagnosed and treated in the hospital shortly after birth if it interferes with the baby's ability to breastfeed.
If the tongue-tie or lip-tie isn't identified until later, or if it's not causing problems with feeding early on, the procedure may be performed later in childhood. For instance, if the child is having speech difficulties related to tongue-tie, a frenectomy might be performed at that time. The same goes for any noticeable dental hygiene issues or difficulties with eating solid food.
Frenectomies, particularly those done using a laser, aren't painful. The dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area before removing the tissue. Moreover, laser frenectomies have added benefits too, such as less bleeding, decreased risk of infection, and less discomfort because the laser can seal nerve endings while it cuts.
That said, your child may experience some mild to moderate discomfort or swelling after the frenectomy, but these symptoms can be managed easily with OTC pain medication.
If you suspect that your child has a tongue or lip tie, Dr. Krishna Zala can examine them and tell you what you should do next.
Get in touch with Little Smiles of Eastvale to book an appointment for your child.