A frenectomy is the removal or revision of the frenum, a thin piece of tissue found under the tongue and lips that can sometimes restrict the normal movement of these structures. A frenectomy resolves the condition more commonly known as a "tongue tie" or "lip tie." A frenectomy may be recommended for babies having difficulty with breastfeeding or children having difficulty with feeding or speech.
If you believe your little one has a tongue or lip tie, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at (256) 434-5667 to schedule a complimentary consultation. Your child's well-being is our top priority, and we're here to provide the care and information you need.
Your child may need a frenectomy if they have a tongue or lip tie and are also having trouble with feeding or speech. Babies with a tongue or lip tie may have difficulty breastfeeding. The limited tongue or lip mobility may make it difficult for the baby to latch onto the nipple and breastfeed appropriately. Toddlers and older children experiencing difficulty with speech and feeding may also benefit from a frenectomy. Additional therapy with a lactation consultant, occupational therapist, speech pathologist, chiropractor, and/or myofunctional therapist may also be needed to obtain the best results for your child.
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A frenectomy at Limestone Pediatric Dentistry starts with Dr. Lindsey examining your child’s mouth to check for a lip or tongue tie and to determine the procedure’s suitability based on the symptoms your child is experiencing.
Dr. Lindsey uses a carbon dioxide laser, also known as a CO2 laser, to precisely release the tongue tie or lip tie until mobility of the tongue or lip is restored and all tension in these areas is relieved. The CO2 laser method allows for less bleeding and promotes faster healing than the surgical scissors method.
Dr. Lindsey will also educate you on exercises that are necessary to be performed for several weeks after the procedure to prevent the tongue tie or lip tie from regrowing or reattaching.
Healing may take approximately 6 weeks, and we will follow up with you and your child after the procedure to ensure they are healing adequately.
Your child's mouth will likely be sore for several days after the frenectomy procedure. You will be given instructions on pain management the day of the procedure. Some children need over-the-counter pain medication after the procedure, but most do not. The recovery process may take up to 6 weeks. You will have to complete stretches in your child's mouth multiple times per day during this time to prevent the tongue tie or lip tie from growing back. You will be taught these stretching exercises the day of the procedure. Dr. Lindsey will follow up with you and your child multiple times during the recovery process.
Yes. Sedation is safe for most children. At Limestone Pediatric Dentistry, our top priority when providing dental sedation for kids is maintaining safety and comfort. If your little one is nervous about seeing a dentist or is undergoing a lengthy, complex dental procedure, Dr. Lindsey Rodriguez may recommend some pediatric sedation to help them relax and feel safe during treatment.
Before administering sedation, Dr. Rodriguez will assess your child's situation to determine if it's a safe option. She will check your child's health history, medications, and other underlying medical problems to ensure sedation is ideal for your baby. The dentist will discuss the potential benefits and risks of sedation with you before deciding to use it.
Before sedation is given, there are things you must do to ensure your baby has the best possible experience at the dentist's office. Your child's pediatric dentist may recommend the following items:
• Dress your little one in loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.
• Do not give your child solid foods before sedation.
• Bring your child's favorite toy.
• Remember to inform the pediatric dentist about any medications your baby is taking.
After the treatment, your child will remain on the chair for a while as they recover. In most cases, dental sedation will last for the duration of the dental procedure, which can range from half an hour to several hours. So your child’s sedation may start wearing off after 30 minutes or so. Your child may feel drowsy for several hours afterward, but this should subside soon.
Allow your child to rest and provide special care right after their treatment. Monitor them well and give them soft foods like smoothies and mashed vegetables to avoid discomfort in the mouth. It’s important to encourage your little one to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Not every child requires sedation, but it can be ideal for kids with dental phobia or those looking to undergo complex dental procedures. The best way to determine if your child is a good candidate for sedation is to speak with their doctor.
The pediatric dentist will evaluate your child’s medical history and determine if sedation is a good option. They may also provide information about the potential benefits and drawbacks of sedation and recommend the proper dosage based on your child’s age and medical condition.
At Limestone Pediatric Dentistry, we have the training and capacity to provide various types of sedation dentistry. Dr. Rodriguez will safely administer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation or other appropriate sedation options to ensure your child is as calm and comfortable as possible during dental treatment.