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Have you been told that your child needs a frenectomy? This may make you feel taken aback, but it’s really a simple procedure that can greatly improve their quality of life. Your child may have difficulty eating, be developing a speech impediment, or predominantly breathing through their mouth. Down the line, avoiding a necessary frenectomy can result in gapping between your child’s front teeth and gum recession. Our orthodontist near New Berlin can help determine if your child is a good fit. Read on to discover why a frenectomy may be necessary, and what to expect when you make an appointment for one for your child.

What is a Frenectomy?

A frenectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of one of more frena (connective tissue membranes) from the mouth. Below, we’ll discuss the two most common types of corrective frenum surgery.

Lingual Frenectomy

The lingual frenum is the thin bit of tissue connecting the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. A lingual frenectomy is sometimes referred to as a “tongue-tie release.” This corrective surgery can help make eating and speaking easier, while also reducing the possibility of developing pain in the jaw or an underbite.

Labial Frenectomy

Sometimes referred to as a “lip-tie release,” a maxillary labial frenectomy involves the reduction of the frenum connecting the gums and upper or lower lip. If left untreated, a prominent labial frenum can affect the development of a healthy smile, leading to orthodontic issues as the child ages including a wide gap between the two front teeth.

When is a Frenectomy Necessary?

Only an oral healthcare professional, like our orthodontist near New Berlin, can properly assess your child’s condition. Everybody’s mouth is different! Frenum-related issues typically appear between the first year of life and when your child begins primary school. It’s important to have your child visit the dentist and orthodontist regularly to identify issues before they advance.

What to Expect?

With our orthodontist near New Berlin, the procedure takes 10-15 minutes to perform. We use a diode laser to conduct frenectomies at our office, which is gentle and precise. Unlike other methods, a laser frenectomy is bloodless and requires no sutures. We recommend that patients undergo general anesthesia during their frenectomy. Patients may be asked to avoid eating, or avoid eating certain foods, in the hours immediately following their surgery. Overall recovery time for most patients will last about 1-3 days, with some additional meal restrictions based on patient tolerance as recommended by your physician.

Contact Us

Our orthodontist near New Berlin can help determine if your child is a good candidate for a frenectomy. We also conduct these minor surgeries at our offices in West Allis and Oak Creek. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment!

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