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Frenectomies/Lip- and Tongue-Tie in Allen, TX

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What is Frenectomy?

Does your baby have trouble breastfeeding, bottle feeding, or forming certain sounds? Does your child's tongue have speech issues or difficulty eating? A tongue-tie may be to blame. Some babies and children have an overly restrictive frenulum, or the soft tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth and the lips to the jaws, making feedings and speech development much more difficult. At Cuddly Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we can perform a gentle frenectomy during which we release the excess tissue and give your child a better range of motion.

How Is A Frenectomy Performed?

At Cuddly Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we perform frenectomies, or lip- and tongue-tie surgeries, for babies, children, and teenagers. This treatment may be necessary for children that have speech problems, eating difficulties, lower jaw protrusion, or a gap between their upper or lower teeth. Nursing pain for mom, difficulty latching, inability to open the mouth widely, excessive gassiness, and a heart-shaped tip of the tongue may be indications that a baby has a tongue- or lip-tie. This quick and effective laser procedure removes the soft tissue of the frenum either between the upper lip and gums or the tongue and lower lip. The laser allows for a quicker healing process and less complicated procedure. This is ideal for children as it's minimally invasive and only requires about 2 – 3 days of mild soreness. Shortly after, your baby or your child should be feeding, eating, and speaking better.

What happens after the procedure?

After their frenectomy, your child may have some discomfort and swelling. These symptoms should resolve withing 2 — 3 days. The laser treatment this procedure offers is ideal for getting optimal results without a long recovery period. You may administer acetaminophen, if approved by your dentist, if your child needs relief from the pain. You should notice results within weeks of treatment.

Feed and Speak Better with Frenectomy

If your child has a lip- or tongue-tie, they may benefit from a procedure called a frenectomy where the soft tissue connecting the upper lip and gum or the bottom lip and tongue is cut to make movement in the mouth easier. This procedure performed at Cuddly Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics can benefit in easier bottle feeding, less painful breastfeeding for mom, and easier eating and speaking in children. Schedule a visit with one of our pediatric dentists, Dr. Yvonne Felli or Dr. Ajikwaga Felli, at our Allen, TX office.

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