What is a frenectomy, and why should it be performed?

Conditions such as tongue tie and lip tie (frenectomy) can be present at birth. In some instances, these issues can cause difficulty in feeding as infants or, later, speech problems. Thanks to the help of the team at State Street Smiles, Dr. Edward Jackson, our pediatric specialist in Hackensack, New Jersey, can assist patients with this condition with a frenectomy procedure, often performed in our office with a specialized laser device.

What is lip and tongue tie, and what procedure can help?

Lip tie is a condition where the tissue underneath the upper lip (labial frenum) is too tight and limits movement of the upper lip. A tongue tie is when the connective tissue that attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth (lingual frenum) is too tight and restricts tongue movement. Both issues can be addressed with a frenectomy.

What is a frenectomy?

Little Boy's Tongue Tie

The dentists at State Street Smiles describe the frenectomy as a standard procedure that is used to remove the frenum, which is a band of muscle tissue located between the upper and lower lips. This procedure can be performed for medical reasons or cosmetic reasons. For example, if the frenum is too tight, it can cause difficulty feeding infants or interfere with dental alignment in older children. In adults, a frenectomy may be beneficial to improve speech clarity and facial aesthetics.

What can I expect during a frenectomy?

The procedure involves using local anesthetic and typically takes only a few minutes to complete. After the appointment, there may be some minor discomfort and swelling, but these side effects should subside on their own within a few days after treatment. Recovery time varies depending on the complexity of the procedure, but you should expect little downtime following your frenectomy treatment.

How do I find out more?

If you are interested in learning more about the treatment of tongue tie or lip tie with a frenectomy, connect with our team at State Street Smiles today! Call (201) 389-2183 to request a visit with Drs. Edward and Dina Jackson at 405 Main Street in Hackensack, NJ. They also accept patients in and around Teaneck, Maywood, and Paramus, NJ communities.