A frenectomy is an oral surgery procedure that helps treat a tongue-tie or a lip-tie. At Milk Tooth we use a precise CO2 laser to treat lip and tongue restrictions.
When an infant struggles with breastfeeding, in many cases the problem can be identified and solved by a lactation consultant or bodyworker who aids in latching and proper posture. There are cases, though, when a baby’s lip or tongue is tethered in a way that makes nursing the baby painful and ineffective. In these cases, the frenectomy procedure can free the lip or tongue attachment and make feeding a pleasant bonding experience as it should be in routine cases.
This procedure, a frenectomy, not only helps babies be less frustrated with feeding since they are unable to latch properly but can also help mothers as well. This is because the procedure will restore natural order to the baby’s mouth and relieve the pain of breastfeeding that often accompanies a tongue-tied baby. It can also allow a mom to regain healthy nipples and breasts, and help stimulate her milk production, which further encourages bonding with the baby and provides adequate feedings to sustain optimal growth.
The frenum tissue connects the lower gums to the tongue and the upper gums to the upper lip. When a baby has abnormally sized frenum tissue, this can affect the oral function of the mouth, and even the movement and appearance. The frenectomy procedure uses laser light to vaporize the frenum under the upper lip or tongue, which gives the baby a better range of motion. Thankfully, the laser treatment is virtually pain-free with only minimal bleeding.
The laser sterilizes the area as it cuts this reduces the chance of infection and stimulates healing in the area. The following are the ways that the frenum can be attached and what this can cause if left untreated in babies and young children:
The following are other conditions that can be addressed and often remedied with a frenectomy and tongue-tie dentist:
Normal tongue function allows babies to latch while breastfeeding to get the nutrients they need to grow. It also promotes normal speech development. When a baby is tongue-tied, this isn’t the case, and they can even have problems self-cleansing their mouth or swallowing properly. Addressing this issue through a frenectomy will allow a child to enjoy normal, fun things, sometimes for the first time ever. For example, sticking out their tongue to catch a snowflake, or eating ice cream out of a cone is made a reality with this procedure.