March 29, 2024
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What is a Pediatric Frenectomy and When is it Needed?

What is a Pediatric Frenectomy and When is it Needed?

Is your child showing signs of discomfort while feeding, or are you noticing difficulties with their oral functions? Sometimes, these issues are more than they appear and might require a pediatric Frenectomy. But what exactly is a Frenectomy, and when is it necessary for your child? Let’s explore together.

Understanding a Pediatric Frenectomy

A Frenectomy is a straightforward oral surgical procedure aimed at children. It involves removing or altering the frenum in the mouth, which is a small fold of tissue that can limit the movement of an organ in the body. This procedure can be necessary for both infants and older children when the frenum restricts normal movement, leading to various complications. In the realm of dentistry, two main types of frenum are the lingual frenum, located under the tongue, and the labial frenum, found between the upper front teeth. If these tissues are overly tight or short, they can lead to issues that affect a child’s oral development and health.

When is a Pediatric Frenectomy Necessary?

A Frenectomy becomes necessary when the frenum’s restriction causes discomfort or difficulty in oral functions, affecting a child’s health or development. For example, a tight lingual frenum can result in tongue-tie, which may interfere with a baby’s ability to breastfeed effectively or an older child's speech development. A restrictive labial frenum can contribute to a gap between the front teeth and potentially lead to gum recession. If your child is experiencing any of these issues, a pediatric Frenectomy might be the solution.

The Pediatric Frenectomy Procedure

The Frenectomy procedure for children is quick and typically causes minimal discomfort, thanks to the advancements in dental technology. It involves cutting the restrictive frenum to improve movement and can be performed using a scalpel or, more commonly, a laser for precision and reduced bleeding. At Floss Academy, we strive to make the treatment quick and painless which is why we have invested in state-of-the-art laser technology. Your child will be able to go back to their normal routine activities immediately post-procedure but we’ll give you aftercare guidelines for your peace of mind. 

Post-Frenectomy Care for Children

After a pediatric Frenectomy, following your dentist's post-care instructions is crucial for a quick and smooth recovery. This may include guidelines for maintaining oral hygiene, dietary recommendations, and specific exercises to promote healing. Regular dental follow-ups are essential to monitor the child’s healing and progress.

Pediatric Frenectomy at Floss Academy

At Floss Academy, our experienced professionals, Dr. Deric and Dr. Amanda, specialize in performing pediatric Frenectomies. Using the latest technology, we ensure a comfortable and stress-free experience for both children and parents. Our team is dedicated to providing personalized care tailored to the unique needs of each child.

Schedule Your Child’s Appointment Today

Don’t let a restrictive frenum hinder your child’s oral health and development. Contact us at (312) 584-0447 or visit our practice in West Loop, Chicago, to take the first step toward resolving oral restrictions. At Floss Academy, we’re committed to supporting your child’s healthy growth and well-being.