The lingual frenulum is the small band of tissue that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. A tongue tie occurs when this band is overdeveloped and thicker than usual, and interferes with the proper movement of the tongue when eating and speaking.
A frenectomy is a procedure used to release the lingual frenulum for patients with tongue ties (ankyloglossia). During treatment, the frenulum is quickly released, which allows the tongue to move properly and eliminates the effects of tongue ties.
Frenectomies are typically performed by a pediatric dentist. Dr. Sam will assess the lingual frenulum and cut it precisely to release the attachment. The process is very fast and minimally-invasive, and it typically only takes a few days for your child to heal from the procedure
Some children with tongue ties do not need a frenectomy. A frenectomy is only required if your child’s tongue tie is severe enough to interfere with things like latching when breastfeeding, or if it is causing issues with chewing and swallowing. If you aren’t sure whether your child needs a frenectomy, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sam for a consultation. We offer honest advice and will only suggest a frenectomy if it is necessary.
A frenectomy completely reverses and eliminates the symptoms of tongue ties. In infants, this means that your child will be able to latch properly when breastfeeding. For older children, a frenectomy will help them speak properly and avoid speech impediments. It will also give patients an easier time chewing and swallowing.