What are common signs that a child needs a frenectomy?
Common signs of a tongue or lip tie and that your child might need frenectomy treatment include…
- A hard time breastfeeding, eating, and/or chewing
- Trouble speaking or other speech impediments
- Gap between upper 2 teeth
- Heavy open mouth breathing
- Gum recession
- Bleeding or pain while brushing teeth
What is the common age range for a frenectomy?
Generally, lip or tongue ties are detected in infancy, and frenectomies are performed when discovered. It is possible that some older children might develop lip or tongue tie, or might not be detected as an infant.
Can my child receive general anesthetic for frenectomy treatment?
Frenectomies are a simple and quick procedure that takes just a few minutes to complete, generally just necessitating local anesthesia. In some cases for younger infants or special circumstances, general anesthesia can be used for treatment.
What is the treatment process for an infant who is having difficulty breastfeeding?
When treating an infant who is having difficulty with breastfeeding, we’ll generally swaddle your child and perform the procedure lap to lap with topical anesthesia. This method generally takes less than 5-10 minutes.
My child has special needs and has trouble at the dentist. Can you still perform a frenectomy?
Our dentists have experience with and enjoy working with children who have special needs, including kids with down syndrome, cerebral palsy, children on the autism spectrum, and those who suffer from dental anxiety.