Pediatric Tongue and Lip Tie in San Antonio
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:
- dental decay,
- spacing of the front teeth,
- speech impediments, and
- digestive issues.
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:
- It vaporizes the tissue with almost no bleeding
- It sterilizes at touch, reducing the risk of infection
- It requires no stitches
- It minimizes post-operative discomfort
- It promotes faster recovery
- The whole procedure takes just minutes
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.