Why Would My Child Need A Frenectomy?
Frenectomies are only required if your child has tongue or lip ties. Let’s discuss these conditions now.
Tongue ties occur when the band of tissue (frenulum) connecting the tongue to the bottom of the mouth is too thick. This condition is also called “ankyloglossia.” This thick band of tissue makes it hard for your child to move their tongue properly, which is particularly problematic in infants who may be breastfeeding or bottle feeding.
Lip ties are similar. They occur when the bands of tissue connecting the upper, lower, or both lips to the gums are too thick and overdeveloped. Again, this makes it difficult or impossible for a child to properly move their lips, which poses major difficulties for infants who need to bottle feed or breastfeed.
In a frenectomy, a special tool is used to snip these bands of tissue. This allows their tongues and/or lips to move freely and properly, eliminating issues like feeding problems or speech impediments.