While tongue-tie and lip-tie can lead to several complicated and sometimes severe side effects, the treatment is quite simple. At North Texas Smiles, our dentist can perform a tongue-tie and lip-tie procedure in Fort Worth, Texas, in just a matter of minutes and eliminate the possibility of your child experiencing any lasting complications. Dr. Justin Warcup also uses dental lasers to treat tongue- and lip-tie to ensure that your child receives the best care possible. For more information, and to schedule your appointment, we welcome you to contact us at 817-732-9341.
A frenulum is a small fold of tissue that connects one part of your mouth to another. In some cases, we may need to remove a frenulum to improve the function and health of your child’s smile; this type of treatment is called a frenectomy. The two most common types of frenectomy are lingual frenectomy and labial frenectomy. The lingual frenulum is the frenulum that connects the bottom of your tongue to the floor of the mouth. If this frenulum is abnormally short or thick, it can result in a condition known as ankyloglossia, or tongue-tie. This often inhibits you from chewing, eating, and speaking properly. To alleviate these problems, our friendly dentist may recommend frenectomy. A labial frenectomy is used to remove the frenulum that attaches the top lip to your gums above your front teeth. In some cases, this frenulum can cause recession of the gums or contribute to a gap between the upper front teeth.
The frenectomy process is simple and quick. Our dentist can typically complete the removal of a frenulum in just one visit to our office, and we will ensure that your child is comfortable during the entire treatment. We will also provide you with care instructions so you can take care of your child’s smile as it heals. We welcome you to call us today for more information and to schedule your next appointment.