Frenectomy, which is also known as frenulectomy, frenulotomy, or frenotomy, is the procedure by which our dentist removes the frenulum. The frenulum is a small fold of tissue that keeps an organ from moving too far. Frenectomy is usually performed to release the tissues that attach the tongue to the floor of the mouth, but it can also be performed if the frenulum attaches the top lip to the gums too tightly. When necessary, Dr. Valerie Foster will perform frenectomy in Aloha, Oregon. In many cases, this surgery is performed on babies that are younger than one year old.
When performing a frenectomy, our dentist will lift the tongue and clip the lingual frenulum. Sometimes, more than one cut will be needed. In most cases, stitches are not required and there is very little bleeding after treatment. You will be able to feed your baby right away. If your child experiences discomfort, you can give him or her Tylenol. Follow instructions from our dentist to avoid complications including:
- Infection at the surgical site
- Excessive bleeding
- Recurrent tongue-tie from scar tissue
We encourage you to contact our dental office today to learn more about frenectomy and to schedule your next appointment.