A frenectomy is a procedure used to correct a congenital condition in which the lingual (tongue) or labial (upper lip) frenulum is too tight, causing restrictions in movement and function that can cause significant difficulty with breastfeeding, and in some instances, other health problems like dental decay, tooth crowding, speech difficulties, airway issues, atypical facial growth, and digestive issues. When it affects the lingual frenulum (under the tongue), this condition is commonly called a tongue-tie (the medical term is ankyloglossia). Approximately 5% of the population has this condition, so your lactation consultant, doctor, bodyworker, speech therapist, or other whole-body health provider may feel that this minor procedure is warranted to improve symptoms.
Here at NoPo Kids, we use a LightScalpel CO2 laser which is known to be one of the best lasers for frenectomy procedures, making it extremely fast, with little to no bleeding, minimal discomfort, and beautiful post-operative healing. It is very often suggested to have myofunctional therapy before and after treatment in older toddlers and children for best results and long-term benefits, and we will discuss all of our team-approach recommendations to you at your consultation visit.