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Laser Dentistry in Hurst,TX

Frenectomy for Lip and Tongue Ties

Frenectomy Laser Dentistry in Hurst, TX

What Are Lip-Tie and Tongue-Tie?

Inside our mouths we have several frenula. You might not have known what they were called, but you have undoubtedly seen them.

Frenula are the thin folds of soft tissue that help stabilize our lips and tongues. Two of the frenula in your child’s mouth are of particular interest here: the lingual frenulum and the maxillary labial frenulum. The maxillary labial frenulum is the fold of tissue that attaches the center of your upper lip to the gum tissue between your top two front teeth. The lingual frenulum is the fold of tissue that connects the base of your tongue to the floor of your mouth.

In most children, the maxillary labial frenulum and lingual frenulum function properly and do not cause any issues. Sometimes, however, children are born with an usually thick or tight maxillary labial frenulum that restricts the mobility of the upper lip (lip-tie) or with a lingual frenulum that is too short and thick, limiting the tongue’s ability to move (tongue-tie).

What Is a Frenectomy?

A frenectomy is a procedure in which the maxillary labial frenulum or the lingual frenulum is removed. At Hurst Pediatric Dentistry, we use a soft tissue laser to release the frenulum. The entire pediatric laser procedure takes only a few minutes.

When Are Frenectomies Performed?

At Hurst Pediatric Dentistry, we perform frenectomies only when a lip-tie or tongue-tie is negatively affecting a patient’s life.

What types of problems can lip-ties and tongue-ties create? Some children with lip-tie or tongue-tie do not experience any significant problems. Other children may experience any of the following:

  • breastfeeding difficulties (including reflux, inadequate milk transfer and poor weight gain) due to ineffective latch,
  • speech issues, and/or
  • gum recession.

A frenectomy can be used to “release” the lip-tie or tongue-tie to reduce or eliminate these problems.

In certain cases, a lip-tie can also create a gap between a child’s two front teeth. When this happens, an orthodontist may ask for a pediatric dentist to remove the maxillary labial frenulum to prevent the two teeth from drifting apart after orthodontic correction.

Dr. Lin and his team will work closely with your child’s lactation consultant, pediatrician, speech therapist and/or orthodontist to determine if your child will benefit from a frenectomy to release the lip-tie or tongue-tie.

Advantages of Lip-Tie and Tongue-Tie Laser Surgery for Kids 

Traditionally, lip-ties and tongue-ties were released using scalpels or scissors. At Hurst Pediatric Dentistry, we offer cutting-edge soft tissue laser technology for frenulum procedures.

Laser surgery offers many advantages over scalpels and scissors. Laser technology

  • helps patients bleed less;
  • makes the frenectomy procedure and the healing process less painful and more comfortable for your child; and
  • reduces the risk of postoperative complications, such as swelling and infection.

Book an Appointment for Tongue- or Lip-Tie Laser Surgery Near Me

Finding the right place to get lip-tie or tongue-tie laser surgery for your child is critical to feeling comfortable and positive about the procedure. You can feel confident that our team will do everything we can to provide a positive, uplifting experience for you, your child and your family.

Hurst Pediatric Dentistry is located in Hurst, Texas, and provides pediatric dental care to patients across Hurst, Euless, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Colleyville, Keller, Southlake, Fort Worth and the surrounding area. Call the office at (817) 510-6400 to book an appointment today.

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