If your child has issues with eating, speaking, or swallowing due to extra connective tissue in their mouth, they may need a frenectomy. The skilled pediatric dentists at Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry, Scott A. Andersen, DDS, and Tab R. Imdacha, DDS, have more than 30 years of patient care experience combined and are dedicated to making this procedure a comfortable and effective one for your child. Use the online scheduling tool or call either office in The Woodlands and Spring, Texas, to book an appointment now.
A frenectomy is a simple procedure in which Dr. Andersen or Dr. Imdacha releases one of the connective membranes, the frenulum, in your child's mouth. The lingual frenulum is under the tongue and the labial frenulum is between the upper lip and the gums.
Some children have overly thick or overly tight frenulum tissue. This causes problems like tongue-tie and lip-tie, conditions that can make it hard for your child to eat or speak normally. Babies may be unable to breastfeed. A too-thick, too-tight, or otherwise problematic frenulum can also cause other problems, including:
If your child has any of these issues, or it appears that your child's at risk for these issues in the future, Dr. Andersen or Dr. Imdacha may recommend a frenectomy.
A frenectomy is a laser procedure. Dr. Andersen or Dr. Imdacha directs the laser light in a specific way to essentially vaporize the excess frenulum tissue that's causing problems for your child. There's little to no bleeding and the process is well-tolerated by the majority of children.
As the site heals, your child's tissue around the procedure site looks white or yellow. This is part of the healing process and is completely normal. If your child experiences any discomfort, you can use a teething gel or other pain reliever recommended by Dr. Andersen or Dr. Imdacha.
Your child needs to do gentle stretching exercises to prevent the frenulum tissue from reattaching. Depending on your child's age, you may need to do gentle lip or tongue manipulations for them.
Dr. Andersen or Dr. Imdacha can demonstrate and explain the stretching exercises so you know exactly what to do, and when to do them, to get the optimal result from your child's frenectomy procedure.
If your child needs a frenectomy, you can depend on the experienced pediatric dentists at Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry for compassionate and skilled care. Book a consultation to discuss frenectomy through the online tool or by phone now.