If your child has a tongue tie, lip tie, or a related problem, Dr. Danielle Funny and Dr. Sonya Maynor may recommend a frenectomy. This treatment removes the tie so that your child can speak and eat normally and enjoy a healthy quality of life. Call University Pediatric Dentistry today at 704-688-1664 to learn more about tongue tie and lip tie treatment in Charlotte, North Carolina, and to schedule a consultation with one of our caring pediatric dentists.
A frenum (or frenulum as it is widely known) is a small fold of tissue that connects one part of the mouth to another. Both the labial and lingual frenum attachments can develop in ways that affect proper oral function. In some cases, Dr. Funny may recommend a release or modification of a frenum to improve a baby’s ability to latch when nursing, swallow and develop properly. In older children, treating a short or thick attachment may have a positive effect on their speech and other types of function such as chewing and the ability to self cleanse using their tongue. In some cases, a short, thick frenum can cause recession of the gums.
Treatment of frenum attachments is called a frenectomy. The two most common types of frenectomies are lingual frenectomy and labial frenectomy. A lingual frenum connects the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. A labial frenectomy is used to remove the frenum that attaches the top lip to your gums above your front teeth.
The laser frenectomy process is simple and relatively quick. If necessary, Dr. Funny can provide your child with a frenectomy here in Charlotte, North Carolina, when it is the best option for them. Treatment can typically be completed in just one visit to our office. Know that Dr. Funny takes measures to ensure your child’s comfort during the visit. Our team will also provide you with care instructions and support resources to help your family attain the best possible outcome during healing. We welcome you to call us today at 704-688-1664 to learn more about whether your child could benefit from a frenectomy at University Pediatric Dentistry.