Does My Baby Need A Frenectomy? Bakersfield CA
Having a frenectomy is the most common procedure for infants and children who have Lip-Tie or Tongue-Tie issues, particularly if their tongue or lip is tied. It is fairly common for babies to have tongue-tie or lip-tie issues, which can be treated by a professional.
Your child may experience difficulties with breastfeeding, dental decay, spacing of teeth, and speech and airway issues if you do not have a frenectomy. It is possible for the upper jaw to malform if your child has a tongue-tie or lip-tie issue and doesn’t receive treatment, resulting in cavities and a highly sensitive gag reflex.
What Happens During a Frenectomy?
During the frenectomy, your child’s tongue is separated from his upper lip. This separates the tongue from the soft palate and allows the airway to be opened up. The frenectomy is similar to other surgical procedures that have been done on babies in the past such as tonsillectomies and cleft palate surgery. The frenectomy is performed through a small incision in the back of your child’s mouth, usually under local anesthesia. After performing a frenectomy, we will closely monitor your child during recovery because it can take several days for him to be able to eat solids again after having a frenectomy.
They have problems breastfeeding
Babies have trouble breastfeeding and eating because their tongues are no longer connected to the upper lip. They have problems with speech and breathing and there are also many health issues associated with a tongue-tie.
Preventing a Frenectomy
If you have a tongue-tie, having it corrected before your child is born can help prevent a frenectomy from being necessary. If you have a tongue-tie, we recommend that you see your doctor for an evaluation before your pregnancy to determine if you need treatment to prevent an unnecessary frenectomy during your pregnancy. At this time, we will recommend that you use an intrauterine device (IUD) or other method of contraception until after the birth of your baby. It is also important that you speak with us about how to help keep your baby’s airway open during the birth process so that he doesn’t need the surgery later on in his life.
If your child has already had a frenectomy and is currently not breastfeeding well, then it’s very important that you speak with us about how to improve his ability to breastfeed so he can continue breastfeeding long term.
Tongue Tie, Lip Tie Treatment for Infants – Near Me
If you are experiencing problems with breastfeeding, consider getting a frenectomy for your baby. This easy procedure would cut the tight frenum from their tongue or lip and use a high-tech dental laser to do so. The procedure is safe enough for one day old babies- it’s quick and gentle! Contact Us today to book your appointment.