About Frenectomies/Lip & Tongue Tie
Does your baby have trouble breastfeeding or forming certain sounds? Does their tongue have a limited range of motion? A tongue tie may be to blame. Some babies have an overly restrictive frenulum, or the soft tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth and the lips to the jaws, making feedings and speech development much more difficult. We can perform a gentle frenectomy, during which we release the excess tissue and give your child better range of motion.
Dr. Karrie Lee completed a course learning about Infant/ Child Tongue-Tie and Lip-Ties and is now certified to provide Releases. She skillfully uses a CO2 laser that provides this treatment for children with minimal pain, minimal bleeding, and minimal downtime.
Frenectomy/Lip and Tongue Tie Reviews
"Our newborn daughter had a lip and tongue tie that were causing immediate latching/nursing issues. Dr. Lee took her time evaluating her and listening to our concerns before educating us on the frenectomy procedure. We were so impressed by her kindness, fun and gentle demeanor, and interaction with our newborn that we transferred our oldest to their office immediately for dental checkups. We are continually impressed by the warmth and kindness as well as intention behind everyone on staff. Our kiddos love going!"- C.D. / Google / May 07, 2021
Can older children have a frenectomy?
Most cases of a tongue or lip tie are detected and treated in early infancy. However, as children grow into adolescence, they may still have a tongue or lip tie that has gone undiagnosed. We encourage you to visit a pediatric dentist as soon as possible so we can treat symptoms like problems with speech and pronunciation.
What are the complications associated with a frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a simple procedure, and complications are rare. However, parents should always be aware of any potential risks involved with a frenectomy. These may include bleeding, infection, and damage to the soft tissues in the mouth. Our pediatric dentists take great care to minimize these risks and produce successful results.
Is frenectomy painful?
The frenectomy procedure itself should not be painful for our young patients. A trained pediatric dentist can provide guidelines — so the recovery period after treatment is as comfortable as possible in Prosper, TX. We may also prescribe medication to reduce post-procedural discomfort.