In the mouth, there is a soft band of tissue that connects your lips, cheek, and tongue to your jaw bone. This band of tissue is called the frenum. Sometimes, people are born with a thicker than normal frenums which can prevent proper functioning of the mouth. Usually, this thicker band of tissue is found above your two front teeth connecting to the top lip, or beneath the tongue. Having a thicker frenum can cause a condition known as tongue-tie/lip-tie. For infants with abnormal ties there can be many difficulties with breastfeeding. Infants and children can also experience challenges with eating, speaking, sleep, and swallowing.
If you notice that your child has difficulty speaking or is experiencing any of these symptoms, give us a call today at Tiny Teeth Dublin to talk about the possibility of a frenectomy and so we can answer any questions you may have.
What is a frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a surgical procedure where the excess frenulum is released from the mouth to restore normal functioning. A topical gel is applied to numb the tissue. Older children with thicker tissue will be numbed using local anesthetic. A laser is used to promote accuracy and completion, lessen bleeding, and improve healing time. Your child will experience minimal bleeding or inflammation. The technology of the laser is truly remarkable and enables Dr. Pagé to perform a frenectomy quickly and with little discomfort for your infant or child.
When an infant is involved, we know it can be especially challenging to make a decision regarding the procedure. We are here to help answer your questions and will work with your lactation consultant or body worker to find the best solution for your family. If you decide to move forward with the procedure, every step will be explained, and you will be able to nurse your child right away. We hope to make this experience as pleasant as possible for you and your child.
How to prepare for an infant frenectomy
We are happy to offer same day consults and treatment, when the procedure is necessary. Please bring anything that will comfort you and your child to the appointment. You will be able to breastfeed immediately so a breastfeeding pillow may be more comfortable. We will use a swaddle, which we provide, but you are welcome to bring your own swaddle from home. Do not hesitate to call with any questions. We look forward to helping you!