A frenectomy is the removal of the frenum, which is a thin piece of tissue in the mouth that can cause complications in babies and children. If your child is having trouble eating, speaking, or breastfeeding, a frenectomy may help resolve that issue.
Types of Frena
The Lingual Frenum connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. Some children have a lingual frenum that is attached all the way to the tip of the tongue. This can cause the baby to be “tongue-tied” and will result in issues with speech, eating and breastfeeding.
The Labial Frenum attaches the upper lip to the gums above the top front teeth. If this thin piece of tissue runs too far down along the lip and gums, movement of the upper lip can be restricted. This can cause the child to be what is called, “lip-tied” and may affect speech, breastfeeding, eating and cleansing of the teeth.
Symptoms to Watch for in your Infant:
- Ineffective or unsustained latches
- Prolonged feeding times
- Poor weight gain/failure to thrive
- Upper lip blisters, doesn’t curl out, or flange around nipple
Presenting Symptoms for Moms:
- Infected nipple/mastitis
- Recurrent plugged ducts
- Pain with latching
- Incomplete breast drainage
- Continued pain with nursing
- Nipple trauma: cracked, bruised, bleeding, blistered, creased, blanched, or flattened nipples
Need More Info?
Are you or your baby showing any of these symptoms? A frenectomy can help alleviate the discomforts associated with tongue or lip-ties. Give us a call today to talk more about the benefits of a frenectomy and schedule an appointment to see Dr. Cruise soon!