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A frenectomy is needed when the connective tissue in the mouth interferes with tongue movement or creates a gap between the front teeth. The minor oral surgical procedure is performed by your Amherst, NH, pediatric dentists at Children's Dental Center of New Hampshire.
Does my child need a frenectomy?
Although most children never need a frenectomy, the procedure can be helpful if your child has a problem with his or her lingual or labial frenum.
The lingual frenum is a band of tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth and stabilizes the tongue. If the frenum is too short, thick, or tight, problems can occur. The condition, commonly referred to as being "tongue-tied, can make it difficult for babies to latch on when breastfeeding and may affect speech, eating, and swallowing. Orthodontic problems may occur if your child changes his or her jaw position as a result of an issue with the frenum.
A child may also need a frenectomy due to an issue with the labial frenum. This frenum attaches the gum to the upper lip. In some cases, the frenum can protrude through the front teeth and cause a gap between the teeth. Frenum problems may also make it difficult to clean teeth and gums thoroughly and might increase your child's risk of tooth decay or gum disease.
Frenectomies are only performed if:
- The frenum is painful.
- A lingual frenum interferes with swallowing, eating, or speech.
- The gap between the front teeth can't be closed with orthodontic treatment due to a labial frenum.
During your visit to the Amherst pediatric dental office, your son or daughter's pediatric dentist will help you decide if a frenectomy could be helpful for your child.
How is a frenectomy performed?
After your child's mouth is numbed with a local anesthetic, his or her pediatric dentist makes a small cut to free the frenum or remove excess tissue, then places a few stitches in the mouth. The entire procedure only takes about a few minutes.
Could a frenectomy help your child? Call your Children's Dental Center of New Hampshire pediatric dentists in Amherst, NH, at (603) 673-1000 to schedule your child's appointment.
A frenectomy is an oral procedure for removing one or both frenums inside the mouth. A frenum is a piece of tissue connecting interior areas of the mouth together. One frenum is situated on the underside of the tongue and connects it to the bottom of the mouth. A second frenum connects the gums to the interior of the upper lip. Problems can occur when these frenums are too large. At the Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire, Dr. James McAveeney and Dr. Andrew Cheifetz are your pediatric dentists for performing frenectomies in Amherst.
Types of Frenectomy
There are two types of frenectomy, labial and lingual. A labial frenectomy removes the labial frenum, while a lingual frenectomy removes the lingual frenum. The labial frenum is the one connecting tissue connecting the upper lip and gums. The lingual frenum is the one on the underside of the tongue. A lingual frenectomy is needed when the frenum is too large, resulting in your child becoming tongue-tied at times. A labial frenectomy is needed when the frenum is so prominent that it causes a large gap to form between the two upper front teeth.
To perform either type of frenectomy in Amherst, the area where the frenum is to be removed is first numbed with an anesthetic. A small cut is then made in the frenum. If made to the lingual frenum, the cut frees up the tongue so that it no longer becomes tongue-tied. If made to the labial frenum, the cut allows the gums to be free of the frenum. Once the cut is made in the proper place, it is sewn closed with small sutures to allow the area to heal.
Benefits of a Frenectomy
Having a frenectomy performed when needed can improve your child’s quality of life in several ways. A lingual frenectomy, which eliminates the problem of being tongue-tied, can improve oral communication and make it easier for children to express themselves. In some cases, it also improves appetite because eating normally is no longer a challenge. A labial frenectomy eliminates the gap between the upper front teeth, which often has the effect of improving self-confidence. It also improves biting and chewing functions, while reducing oral discomfort.
Whether one or both types of frenectomy are needed, your child can experience improved quality of life after undergoing a frenectomy. Certain oral and speech functions are improved, and self-confidence is often boosted. For a frenectomy in Amherst, schedule an appointment for your child with either Dr. McAveeney or Dr. Cheifetz by calling the Children’s Dental Center of New Hampshire at (603) 673-1000.