Does your infant have a frenulum that connects down towards the gum line? Do they struggle when breastfeeding because of issues with latching? Your dentist is always aware of what’s happening in her own children’s mouths, so when she noticed one of her children had this issue, she knew her dental education would come to good use.
Now, anyone can get a frenectomy in Tulsa thanks to her practice.
What is a Tongue/Lip Tie?
A tongue tie is a condition that restricts the tongue’s range of motion. This is caused by a short, tight band of tissue that tethers the tongue’s tip to the floor of the mouth. A lip tie is exactly like a tongue tie, except it attaches to the lip instead of the tongue.
In both cases, the tongue and lip are unable to move during breastfeeding. When this tether is too large, it makes it very difficult for infants to keep a secure latch. This can negatively affect their ability to get all the nutrients they need during early development.
Furthermore, an enlarged frenulum can impact the way teeth grow as well. A large gap between the two front teeth will begin to appear if the frenulum isn’t reduced. No amount of orthodontic work will remove this gap if the frenulum is large enough to push the teeth apart.
To fix this issue, your dentist performs a frenectomy.
What is a Frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a common procedure designed to reduce the size of the frenulum when it causes problems with development. With the help of topical anesthetic and a dental laser, your dentist can detach the excess frenulum painlessly, effectively, and in only five minutes. This will fix the gap in your child’s front teeth and make breastfeeding possible again.
If your dentist says your child needs a frenectomy, don’t worry. Not only has she performed the procedure on many other patients, she’s also worked with many lactation consultants and mothers living in Tulsa to ensure the procedure is simple, straightforward, and allows your child to latch properly almost immediately.
Does My Child Need a Frenectomy?
If your child doesn’t get a frenectomy, complications can arise. Other than issues with breastfeeding and orthodontics, an enlarged frenulum can cause:
- Increased difficulty when brushing and flossing
- An increased risk of cavities
- Speech difficulties
If you’re not sure if your baby has a restricted frenulum, your children’s dentist in Tulsa can check the area and feel if there is a barrier present. Other signs your baby has a restricted frenulum include:
- Fussiness after feeding, implying your baby didn’t get enough to eat
- Difficulty gaining weight
- A shallow latch-on
- Loud clicking sounds when feeding
Have more questions on getting your child a frenectomy in Tulsa? Is your child experiencing symptoms? Schedule an appointment today to get started!
About the Author
Dr. Angie Nauman has wanted to be a dentist since she was in fourth grade. Now, she’s able to help young patients avoid orthodontic issues and make breastfeeding easy for mothers and their infants. To learn more about frenectomies or about their benefits, contact her through her website.