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 frenum 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. For infants with tongue-tie there can be difficulties with breastfeeding and therefore sleeping and for children, they can experience challenges with eating, speaking, and swallowing.
What is tongue-tie?
When the frenum underneath the tongue is thicker than normal, it can restrict the ability of the tongue to move. This can make speaking and communicating especially difficult. Some symptoms of tongue-tie include the tongue not being able to reach past the lips or to the roof of the mouth, the tongue not being able to move side to side, or the tongue appearing to be a different shape than normal (flat, square, or heart-shaped). 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.
What is a frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a surgical procedure where the excess frenulum is removed from the mouth to restore normal functioning. The two types of frenectomy are labial frenectomy and lingual frenectomy. A labial frenectomy removes the extra frenum from above the two front teeth and a lingual frenectomy removes the extra frenum from underneath the tongue. A laser is used in both procedures to promote accuracy, non-invasiveness, and painlessness. Your child will experience minimal bleeding or inflammation and will not require any anesthetic or sutures, and finally, their recovery will be swift! The technology of the laser is truly remarkable and enables Dr. Pagé to perform a frenectomy with little discomfort for your infant or child.
If you believe your child may need a frenectomy, call us to schedule an appointment so we can discuss your child’s situation. Our team wants to do all we can to help your child. Contact us with any questions you may have about the procedure, or to make an appointment!