Many general and family dentists advertise frenectomy surgery as breastfeeding consultation or tongue-tie treatment. Unfortunately, frenectomies are often conducted unnecessarily or at the wrong time in a young child’s development. 

Despite this, the rate of surgical intervention has increased exponentially over the last 20 years.

Our pediatric dentists at Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry follow an evidence-based approach to the treatment of frenula and pediatric surgery. If you are considering a frenectomy to address tongue-tie and lip-tie conditions, give us a call at 888.339.8108 or contact us online to learn more about our informed pediatric approach.

Our Frenectomy Policy

Many general and family dentists advertise services like breastfeeding consultation, infant feeding management, and tongue-tie treatment. All of these offerings are typically an alternative name for a surgical intervention called a frenectomy.

While frenectomies are not innately harmful, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has expressed concern about the exponential increase of these surgeries over the last two decades.

The AAPD advocates for an evidence-based approach to the treatment of frenula and has stated that making information more accessible to both parents and allied healthcare professionals would ultimately, “Help reduce the number of unnecessary or incorrectly timed procedures.”

Pediatric dentists like Dr. Chuck, Dr. Nash, and Dr. Clifton are therefor less liberal with surgical frenectomy treatments than many general or family dentistries.

What Is a Frenectomy?

Tongue-tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a condition where the lingual frenulum (the tissue connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth) is too short or tight. This can lead to difficulty moving the tongue and affecting functions such as breastfeeding or swallowing. In severe cases, it can even cause speech impediments. Tongue-tie surgery, also known as a lingual frenotomy, involves cutting the frenulum to release the tension and allow for better movement of the tongue. This surgery is typically performed on infants or young children but can also be done on adults who continue to experience issues due to an untreated tongue-tie.

Lip-tie is similar to tongue-tie but instead involves the labial frenulum (the tissue connecting the upper lip to the gums). When this tissue is too tight, it can cause difficulty with breastfeeding, speech, and oral hygiene. Lip-tie surgery, also known as a maxillary frenectomy, involves cutting or releasing the labial frenulum to improve function and prevent potential issues in the future. This procedure is often performed on infants or young children but can also be done on adults.

Frenectomy surgery refers to both tongue-tie and lip-tie surgeries. In general, frenectomy is a term used to describe any surgical removal or alteration of the frenulum. Depending on the individual case and desired outcome, it may involve cutting, releasing, or reshaping the tissue. Frenectomy surgery can have many benefits, including improved feeding, speech, and oral hygiene. 

Terms to Know

If you are considering a frenectomy for your child, you should schedule a time to consult one of our pediatric dentists today.

The Benefits of Frenectomy Surgery

While there are various reasons for performing a frenectomy, the benefits and advantages of this surgery are universal. Some of the key benefits of frenectomy surgery include:
In addition to these benefits, frenectomy surgery can also improve overall oral health and enhance self-confidence. If your child is experiencing issues related to a tight or abnormal frenulum, consider consulting with a pediatric dentist about the potential benefits of frenectomy surgery.

Contact Clifton & Mauney Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry for Frenectomy Advice and Appointments

We understand the importance of informed decision-making, especially when it comes to your young child’s health. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to providing top-notch pediatric dental care and orthodontic care for patients of all ages. We specialize in a wide range of treatments, including pediatric surgeries. Call 888.339.8108 or connect with us online to learn more.