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What is a frenectomy?

A frenectomy is a procedure that pediatric dentists perform to release a tight frenulum that inhibits the proper mobility of a child’s lips and tongue.

The frenulum is a soft piece of tissue located in your child’s mouth. There are several frenula; a lingual frenulum secures the tongue to the bottom of the mouth; labial frenula attach the lips to the upper and lower gums.

Why Your Child Needs a Frenectomy

If the lingual frenulum is too thick or tight, it can prevent your child from using their mouth properly. Because they can’t lift their tongue, our dentist in Decatur, IL refers to this condition as “tongue-tie.”

A tight lingual frenulum needs to be corrected because it can cause difficulty in your child latching on during nursing or drinking from a bottle.

A labial frenulum that is too big can affect how their lips and tongue develop, impact their speech development, and create spacing issues in the teeth.

We Offer Comfortable Laser Frenectomies

At Jerger Pediatric Dentistry, our dentist performs frenectomies with a special laser. Our dental team has extensive training with this procedure and have streamlined it to minimize the length of the procedure and healing time for your child.

If your child needs a frenectomy, we should perform the procedure sooner rather than later to minimize the amount of treatment required.

Schedule a Visit at Our Decatur, IL Office to Learn More

If your concerned that your child might need a laser frenectomy, call our Decatur, IL dental office to schedule an appointment.

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