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Little girl, Tongue-tied?

A frenectomy is the surgical removal of a frenulum, which is a small fold of tissue. Sometimes these frenula prevent the tongue, or gum tissues from working properly. In dentistry, there are three types of frenula, which are:

  • Lingual – This type of frenulum connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth
  • Labial – Labial frenulum connects the gum tissue of your upper teeth to your upper lip
  • Gingival – Gingival frenulum attaches to gum tissue between two teeth

Frenula are useful in helping us to control the movement of the lips and tongue, but sometimes this tissue can cause more trouble than it’s worth. Problems with the frenula are usually noticed in children as their teeth and mouths are developing.

Labial Frenula can become overgrown or put too much pressure on the gingival tissue. This can cause a number of problems including gum recession, discomfort, trouble with erupting teeth, or a large gap between the two front teeth. In these situations, removal of the labial frenula is a simple way to relieve the discomfort and restore the normal look and function of the front teeth. We advise that you wait to get your child a frenectomy until his or her two front permanent teeth have erupted.

Lingual Frenula can become overgrown, resulting in a condition commonly known as being ‘tongue-tied.’ If this frenulum becomes attached too far towards the tip of the tongue, it can cause problems with speaking and eating properly. Simple removal of the frenulum will restore the eating and speaking functions almost immediately.

Frenectomies are often performed with a laser and are quick and fairly painless procedures. We can perform a simple frenectomy in as little as 20 minutes. If you believe you or your child could benefit from a frenectomy, please don’t hesitate to contact Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry.