Questions about tongue releases
What is a frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of a small fold of tissue called the frenulum. This tissue can be found beneath the tongue (lingual frenulum) or connecting the upper lip to the upper gum (labial frenulum). The purpose of a frenectomy is to improve the mobility of the tongue or lips, as a restricted frenulum can lead to issues with speech, feeding, or overall oral function.
Does my child need a frenectomy?
If your child experiences specific issues related to the lingual or labial frenulum, one of our pediatric dentists may recommend a West Orange frenectomy surgery. Common concerns include difficulties with breastfeeding, speech problems, limited tongue or lip movement, or when these conditions contribute to oral health problems (like cavities or gum issues).
Are frenectomies painful?
Don’t worry – Frenectomies are typically performed using local anesthesia, ensuring that your child feels minimal discomfort. After the procedure, your little one may experience some mild discomfort or soreness for a short period, but this can often be managed with over-the-counter medication.
How long does the frenectomy procedure take?
The duration of a West Orange frenectomy surgery is relatively short, typically lasting only a few minutes to half an hour, depending on the complexity of the case and the specific area being treated.
Caring for your child’s smile and well-being
At Dentistry for Children of West Essex, we believe in a preventive approach to dental care. We understand that children may feel anxious about their treatments, so we explain them in a fun and friendly language.
We also provide recommendations to you as a parent to help you take care of your child’s oral health at home. Together, we can ensure your child’s smile shines brightly today and in the future!
Are frenectomies covered by my insurance?
Frenectomies are covered by many insurance plans. Want to find out if it’s included in yours? Our team will gladly help you get all the information you need and outline a clear estimate of costs.
Our payment options include CareCredit, credit cards, checks, and cash.