What is a Frenectomy?
The tissue that attaches any organ to nearby tissue to prevent it from flopping around is called frenum, or frenulum. There are several frenums in the mouth, the most prominent usually being the frenum under the tongue and upper lip. When the frenum attachment is too tight or short, it can restrict the movement of the tongue or lip. In young children, this can cause normal things like breastfeeding, talking, or swallowing to become more challenging. A Frenectomy is the corrective procedure that releases the tension on the frenum allowing better movement of the tongue or lip. At Tiny Texans Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Christina Ramirez uses a soft tissue laser to complete Frenectomies on newborns (from days old to 6 months) and children. The earlier the tie is released, the sooner the child can learn to use their lip and tongue correctly. Lasers are believed to have better healing and less bleeding than using a scalpel or scissors.