The frenum, or the tissues connecting your lips to your gums and your tongue to the base of your mouth, help give your lips and tongue more stability in your mouth. Sometimes, though, the frenum can grow overly large in children, putting them at risk for health and developmental issues.
Thanks to a simple procedure called a frenectomy, our team of pediatric dentists at Easy Dental Care, Hisham Merdad, BDS, DSCD, and Zuwena Abraham, DDS, can easily remove excess tissue from your child’s frenum. Discover which children benefit from a frenectomy, and what to expect from the procedure.
What is a frenectomy procedure?
A frenectomy is a simple, commonly performed outpatient pediatric dental procedure that removes extra connective tissue from an overly long or tight frenum. Depending on the areas of the mouth where the frenum is causing problems, our doctors can perform a frenectomy on the labial frenum between your child’s upper lip and gums, the labial frenum between your child’s lower lip and gums, or the lingual frenum between your child’s tongue and the base of the mouth.
When should children get a frenectomy?
A frenectomy will help children who have an overly large frenum negatively impacting their development, health, and overall quality of life. An improperly sized frenum can make it difficult for your child to eat, speak, sleep, and even breathe properly. It can also impede proper tooth and jaw development.
You should make an appointment to have your child evaluated by our dentists at Easy Dental Care if they display certain developmental difficulties. Possible indicators your child needs a frenectomy include speaking with a lisp or other speech difficulties, gaps between your child’s front teeth, difficulty swallowing or nursing, trouble fully extending the tongue, and frequent mouth breathing or snoring.
How will my child benefit from a frenectomy?
Without correction, an oversized frenum puts your child at risk for a number of life-long challenges, including improper jaw growth, orthodontic problems, speech impediments, and sleep apnea. Getting a frenectomy removes these challenges and allows your child’s development to proceed as expected.
After a frenectomy, children have an easier time eating and breastfeeding, leading to better nutrition. They’ll be able to speak properly and breathe through their nose. Your child is also less likely to need significant orthodontic work.
What happens during a frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a simple, short, outpatient dental procedure that takes place at our offices at Easy Dental Care with one of our skilled dentists, Dr. Merdad or Dr. Abraham. To make your child as comfortable as possible, our dentists begin by numbing the surrounding areas with a local anesthetic. They can also use nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to further relax your child.
Our dentists use cutting-edge laser technology to skillfully reduce your child’s frenum to the right size, and, depending on the size of your child’s frenum, they might also use sutures. Advanced laser technology allows for a precise procedure and a reduction in bleeding, tissue damage, and pain during the procedure and recovery.
Recovery from a frenectomy is quick, with most children recovering within a few days. Our dentists offer personalized advice to ensure your child’s recovery is quick and comfortable.
If you suspect your child’s frenum is getting in the way of their development, make an appointment at Easy Dental Care, located in Gainesville, Virginia, for skilled and compassionate care. Make your appointment online or over the phone today.