Frenectomy (Lip and Tongue Tie Correction)

Frenectomy is a procedure to correct a condition when the tongue and or lip frenulum is tight or thick, resulting in limited movement of these structures. The tightness of the lip or tongue compromises full movement.

 

When improper movement of the lip or tongue is diagnosed, a simple surgery called a Frenectomy can be performed to release the attachment and correct the limited movement.

 

Identifying factors for mothers, infants, and children:

 

Mom-

Pain when breastfeeding 

Cracked or bruised nipples

Pain with latch

Incomplete drainage

Plugged ducts 

Mastitis

Thrush

 

Infant-

Prolonged feedings

Gumming or chewing of the nipples

Clicking noises when feeding

Poor weight gain

Reflux

Gas

Poor sleep patterns

Cannot hold a pacifier

 

Adolescent-

Decay on front teeth if labial tie

Speech problems

Gaps between teeth

Esthetic concerns with upper lip drape

 

Procedure:

All Fenectomies are treated in our surgical suite while parents are in the waiting room. This allows us to concentrate on the surgery and have our attention directed solely on performing the procedure. There is minimal bleeding and post-op pain. Mothers are allowed to nurse immediately after the procedure. The dentist may use infant numbing gel for the procedure and in older children, a local anesthetic will be administered by injection. The numbness can last anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour depending on the type of anesthetic used. Sedation is available for the older apprehensive child if deemed necessary.

 

Infant follow-up appointments will be necessary at one week, two weeks and at one month.

 

Most insurances will cover these procedures. A letter from your Pediatrician, Lactation consultant or Speech Therapist may be necessary.

If the patient is not insured, the fee will be collected prior to the procedure.

 

 

                                       

 

                   Lip Tie Before Procedure                                           20 minutes After Procedure  

 

 

                                                    

 

                                                        

 

                                                    Tongue Tie before correction procedure

 

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