Quality Dental Care and Frenum Release

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Frenectomy treatment

A frenectomy is an oral surgical procedure where a doctor snips the connective tissue membrane (frenum). There are two common locations where the connective tissue (frenum) may need to be released: 

  • In the area where the upper lip attaches the upper lip to the bone above the top front teeth (often referred to as lip tie). 
  • In the area where the connective tissue attaches the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth (often referred to as tongue tie). 

These procedures release the bands of tissue, causing restriction of the lip or tongue.

Is my child a good candidate for a frenectomy?

A frenectomy can be a very helpful procedure in infants who struggle to latch during breastfeeding. If the posture and movement of the tongue is restricted during dental development, it can have a long-term impact on dental and airway development. These issues can include but are not limited to, gagging and/or vomiting on some foods and liquids, inappropriate swallowing patterns, mouth breathing, restriction of palate development, and sleep apnea.

Schedule a Consultation for Minor Oral Surgeries for Children at Our Practice

Are you dealing with tongue and lip ties, making breastfeeding hard for your infant? Do you find that a tight frenum affects how your child speaks and eats? If you need frenectomies, our team at smiles4children can help! We are open to new patients and can walk you and your child through the procedures they need for a healthy, functional smile!

Catonsville (410) 788-4555, Ellicott City (410) 203-2410,  Eldersburg (410) 549-1212