Sometimes patients present a tight frenum, or fold of tissue that restricts motion of the lip and/or tongue.
These ties can cause difficulty with:
To gain complete range of motion of the tongue and release the lip, a frenectomy (also called frenotomy) is recommended. This surgery is a common dental procedure that can be performed either with a scalpel or a laser. The advantages of using the laser method are:
At Happy Pediatric Dentistry, we make sure that frenectomy procedures are a success by providing a post-op protocol and training the parents to follow up with kid-friendly stretching exercises to prevent re-attachment. These exercises are pleasant for the child/baby and should be started before the procedure is preformed.
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