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A frenectomy is an oral surgery procedure during which a frenum in the mouth is removed using a laser. A frenum is defined as an attachment between two soft tissues in the mouth. One of these types of frenum is called the lingual frenum.
The lingual frenum is the piece of muscle tissue that connects the bottom of your child’s tongue to the floor of their mouth. If this piece of tissue connects too far forward on the tongue, it restricts tongue movement. It is known as being ‘tongue-tied.’ While this doesn’t typically cause severe problems, it can limit a child’s ability to speak and eat and make it really tough for newborns to latch during breastfeeding.
If your child is experiencing eating, latching, or speaking difficulties, a lingual frenectomy may need to be performed. It is a quick and relatively painless procedure, where a laser is used to loosen the tongue muscle.
If you believe that your child may benefit from a lingual frenectomy in Parker, Colorado, please call Little Rockies Pediatric Dentistry for a consultation. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about your child’s procedure.