Infant Frenectomy & Frenulotomy 

WHAT IS A FRENECTOMY or FRENULOTOMY?

In the mouth, there are bands of connective tissue located in and around the teeth, tongue and gums. These are called frena (singular, frenum) and they secure moving parts like the tongue and lips, to fixed parts of the mouth. In some infants, frena can be too large, or can be attached in a way that prevents the tongue from moving properly (a tongue tie). A frenectomy is a simple surgical procedure that involves the removal or reduction of one or more frena in the mouth, thus relieving the problems they may be causing.

TREATMENT FOR TONGUE TIES AND PROBLEMATIC FRENA

A frenectomy (or frenulotomy) involves reducing the tissue or loosening some of the tight frenum tissue under the tongue or lips. Our Dentists at King Ritson Dental Clinic use a state of the art laser to perform a safe and quick procedure that allows for improved tongue and lip mobility. In some instances, frenectomies can aid in the prevention of other health problems such as dental decay, spacing problems or speech difficulties and digestive issues.

Our laser is a Fotona Lightwalker, which uses an Er:YAG wavelength to remove the tissue. This laser uses very low heat, causes little-to-no pain and minimal bleeding. Our team is highly trained to ensure that your infant or child is comfortable throughout the process. We will provide and review post-operative instructions after the procedure and follow-up to ensure that your child is healing and recovering well.
If you have an infant experiencing lactation issues due to a tongue tie, our Dentists may recommend that you consult with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®) to optimize results after treatment.

The following videos are general examples of the procedures, we do not perform our procedures in the exact same manner.

Lingual Frenectomy

• Lingual frenum – The vertical band of thin tissue that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. This often restricts the movement of tongue, a condition called “tongue-tied,” which impacts proper speech, swallowing and movement.

 

 

Labial Frenectomy

• Labial frenum – The connective webbing that attaches the lips to the gums, typically between the two front teeth on the top and bottom.

 

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT HOW WE CAN HELP?

Please call us today (289) 274-7629 to learn how we can help your child experience improved health with a frenectomy procedure.


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