A frenectomy is a simple and minimally-invasive surgery that's used to treat tongue ties or lip ties. Tongue ties occur when the band of tissue (frenulum) that connects the tongue to the base of the mouth is excessively thick. Lip ties are similar, but affect the band of tissue that connects the lips to the gums.
Tongue tie and lip ties can cause problems with feeding in babies, and lead to speech impediments, orthodontic issues, and other problems in the future. In a frenectomy, the band of tissue is snipped by Dr. Alexandra Otto to release the tongue tie or lip tie. This restores your child's oral range of motion.
The frenectomy process is pretty simple to understand. First, Dr. Alex will clean your child's mouth. We also offer numbing and sedation dentistry , but this is not always necessary since we use laser tools for pain-free pediatric dentistry.
Once your child's mouth has been prepared, Dr. Alex will use a tiny, hand-held soft-tissue laser to snip your child's tongue tie or lip ties. She will remove a small amount of tissue to release the tongue or lip tie from the upper lip, and improve their oral range of motion. Typically, stitches are not even required, since dental lasers are minimally invasive.
The entire process takes only a few minutes. Once your child's appointment is over, Dr. Otto will discuss care and recovery steps with you. You'll need to take some special steps like doing oral exercises to make sure your child's mouth heals properly.
Have you been told that your child needs a frenectomy in Buda or South Austin ? Not sure if that's really the case? We offer free second opinions at Kids Tooth Team . Dr. Alex has years of experience with frenectomies.
She can examine your child's mouth and determine whether or not a frenectomy is truly necessary. As a conservative pediatric dentist, Dr. Alex will only recommend surgery if she truly believes that it is necessary to protect your child's oral health.
We are dedicated to child-focused, comfortable, and safe dental care. That's why we use an NVPro3 soft tissue laser for frenectomies. While most laser dental tools are really big, this dental laser is only about the size of a pen. It's quiet, hand-held, and non-intimidating for kids, which makes it easier for them to get the care they need.
Laser dentistry has lots of other benefits, too. Dental lasers don't make noise or vibrate. They're more precise and less invasive. They also seal blood vessels and nerve endings on contact. This means there is little-to-no pain or bleeding during treatment, and numbing needles are often unnecessary. Your child will also heal and recover from soft tissue laser dentistry more quickly compared to surgery done with traditional dental tools.
In addition to frenectomies, Dr. Alex uses our NVPro3 soft tissue laser for a variety of other treatments at our office. These include: