Does My Child Need a Frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a procedure that removes connective tissue called the frenum. The connective tissue is in two different places in the mouth – the tissue connecting the tongue to the bottom of the mouth (called tongue-ties) and the tissue connecting the upper lips to the front teeth (called lip-ties).
When Do Children Need a Frenectomy?
Children need frenectomies for a variety of reasons. For babies, they may have problems with breastfeeding and possibly bottle-feeding as well. The connective tissue may be to blame if your infant can’t keep a good seal while feeding.
Older children may have eating or speech impairments. The lack of mobility from the tongue may also lead to your child positioning their jaw in a way that causes orthodontic issues in the future.
The connective tissue can also cause gaps between teeth. Most commonly, it will cause a gap in the front teeth. A dentist may recommend a frenectomy as part of an orthodontic treatment plan.
What Are the Signs That Children Might Need a Frenectomy?
If your infant has a difficult time with feeding, you may want to consider inadequate connective tissue being the issue. Some signs to look for include:
- Prolonged breastfeeding
- Difficulty latching
- Poor weight gain
- Excessive gassiness
Consulting with one of our dentists to see if this is the cause would be the first step in determining if your infant needs a frenectomy.
An older child with speech difficulties caused by tongue-ties will have symptoms like an inability to stick their tongue out past their upper gums. Gaps in the teeth may also be a sign of connective tissue not correctly sized. A dental examination will help determine if the causes of any of these issues are dental-related.
Our dental office has the equipment and expertise to perform frenectomies. Your child is safe with us if your child needs a frenectomy. Please contact our office to learn more and schedule an appointment.Contact Us