Dr. Claire works closely with pediatricians, lactation consultants and speech pathologists to help improve the quality of life of infants and young children who are struggling with challenges of nursing due to lip or tongue ties. We strongly recommend non-invasive options with a lactation consultant before perusing any surgical treatment. Dr. Claire uses the latest Light Scalpel laser technology to perform frenectomy. No general or local anesthesia is needed. Laser provides coagulation so no scissors or sutures are needed. The baby can feed immediately after the procedure.
What Is the Frenum?
The frenum refers to a band of soft tissue that is located in two areas of the mouth. The lingual frenum connects the tongue to the floor of your mouth. The labial frenum connects the inside of the upper lip to the gum tissue above the upper anterior (front) teeth. You can usually feel the labial frenum with the tip of your tongue.
A lingual frenum that it is too tough, long, short, or tight can cause immobility issues with the tongue. If it inhibits movement, your child may have difficulty with eating and speech development. The labial frenum may create a gap between the two front teeth that can be aesthetically displeasing.
The removal or severing of these frenums will not have any adverse effects on your child’s oral health. Modifying them early on can even prevent potential problems. During an initial consultation, Dr. Claire Escario will determine if your child is a suitable candidate for a lingual or labial frenectomy.
After a Frenectomy
Thanks to new technology, the recovery time following a frenectomy is much faster than ever before. We will give you a set of post-operative instructions before you leave our office. Be sure to follow these instructions to prevent complications.
If your child experiences any pain or discomfort, you can use over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate their symptoms. Minor swelling, bruising, and discomfort is normal. If these issues persist or worsen over time, be sure to call us as soon as possible.
The biggest risk associated with frenectomies is premature reattachment. These tissues can heal so fast that immobility issues persist. Be sure your child follows the stretches we detail in our instructions to avoid this problem. These stretches should be performed three to five times a day. Be sure to follow up with your speech pathologist after the procedure.
Schedule Your Child’s Consultation
If you would like to learn more about your child’s oral health, our team is happy to help! Call 571-833-1440 to schedule a consultation today!