Find Out What A Frenectomy For A Baby Is
We Offer Frenectomies For Babies
- Quick procedure
- No anesthesia required
- Improved breastfeeding
- Better experience for mom
- Prevent development issues.
If you’re like most first-time parents, you haven’t heard of a frenectomy for a baby. Well, as your pediatric dentist in London, we’ll share what you need to know about this procedure.
Some babies are born with a lingual frenum that is too tight or short, which affects the movement of their tongue and ability to breastfeed correctly. This thin, white strip of tissue goes from the floor of the mouth to the bottom of the tongue.
What Is A Frenectomy?
It’s a very straightforward outpatient procedure that is completed in seconds. During the procedure, we cut the lingual frenum. It may sound like it would be a painful process, but it’s not. We don’t need to use anesthesia! And right after it’s been done by your child’s pediatric dentist, they can go to breastfeeding.
When the flap of tissue is too tight, it’s known as a tongue-tie. Symptoms for the mother and child include:
- Painful nipples
- Decreased milk production
- Gas pains (baby)
- Loud suckling.
If left untreated, a tongue-tie can cause future problems. Infants can find it hard to chew and swallow firmer foods. It can impact the development of their jaw and result in unhealthy sleep patterns, increased gas and bloating, and mouth breathing.
A significant tongue-tie can also affect speech development because the tongue cannot move as freely as it should. Another downside is that the tongue cannot spread saliva over teeth to help clean them.
To find out if your baby needs a frenectomy, give our friendly team a call! We’d be happy to talk about it and book an appointment.