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Frenectomy: Laser Tongue Tie and Lip Tie Relief for Your Child

What is a Frenectomy?

A frenectomy is the removal of the frenum, a thin piece of tissue in the mouth. The frenum can cause complications in babies and children. A frenectomy can help your infant if he/she has trouble eating, speaking, or breastfeeding.

The Two Types of Frena

There are two types of frena in the mouth: the lingual (lower) frenum and the labial (upper) frenum. The lower frenum connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. Some children have a lower frenum that attaches all they way to the tip of the tongue.

Similarly, the upper frenum connects the upper lip to the gums above the two front teeth. If it runs too far down, it can restrict the movement of the upper lip. A thick or long frenum may be the issue if your child has speech issues. It can also cause nursing or eating trouble with babies.

A frenum that is too long may cause a child to be “tongue-tied” or “lip-tied” and can be solved with a frenectomy.

Why Choose a Laser Frenectomy?

 Because it is performed in a matter of minutes and with minimal bleeding, a laser frenectomy reduces pain and discomfort for the child. It is also a safe procedure with no known complications.

Why Wait?

Our board-certified pediatric dentists at Great Grins Children’s Dentistry perform frenectomies using dental laser technology. As a result, they are able to remove the tissue quickly and comfortably. They can also evaluate the frena and discuss your options.

Insurance Coverage

We work with various insurance companies, but coverage varies from plan to plan. Please contact our office for more information on payment options. Our team is more than happy to offer a complimentary benefit check. Call 520-325-4746 to schedule an appointment and learn more about the benefits.

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