Tongue and lip ties may provide infants or children trouble when eating or pronouncing certain words. While effects of tongue and lip ties may not be experienced immediately, over time, they can cause discomfort for you or for your child. At Cibolo Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we can help resolve tongue and lip ties through a frenectomy. If you think your child is struggling with a tongue or lip tie, give our office a call to schedule your child's appointment!
I've been told my infant or child has a tongue tie/lip tie. Now what?
A tongue tie or lip tie is fairly common among children. If your infant or child has a tongue or lip tie and you have worked to solve the problem without surgery but have had no luck, then a frenectomy is a safe and effective option to resolve the restriction. When you visit our office, Dr. Freeze, our pediatric dentist who performs frenectomies, will explain your child's specific treatment with you to discuss concerns and answer any questions you may have.
What is a frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a surgical procedure that removes connective tissue, known as the frenum, at either the top or bottom of the mouth. Frenectomies are commonly performed on patients who experience speech, eating or orthodontic problems. Treatment for tongue and lip ties is relatively quick and can be performed with a scalpel or laser to sever the frenum.
What should I expect after my child has a frenectomy?
While most patients experience slight soreness, other patients may have a different experience with slight bleeding or swelling for a few days after. Children should avoid hot foods and consume soft foods for the first few days after treatment. Stretching exercises with the tongue can help prevent the tongue or lip from reattaching and help your child overcome discomfort. If you notice something unusual during the healing process, contact our office to talk to one of our pediatric dentists to voice your concerns.