Tongue-Tie | Lip-Tie | Frenectomy
Not Every Baby Needs A Tongue or Lip Tie Release
Laser Treatment: About The Frenectomy
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:
- Lingual Frenum: This condition means the frenum is attached to the tongue or is too large. This restricts the tongue’s movement enough to cause problems. In fact, if left untreated, a prominent lingual frenum can cause misaligned teeth, speech issues, inhibit jaw and facial development, affecting sleeping and even breathing patterns.
- Labial Frenum: This condition is when the frenum is attached to the upper gums and the center upper lip hinders gum tissue development. This can cause many issues, including alignment problems as well as the development of a gap between the top middle teeth.