Frenectomies in South Orange County

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Treatment for Tongue Ties and Lip Ties

Gentle Frenectomies in South Orange County

At Treehouse Pediatric Dentistry, not only is Dr. Nasem highly skilled to treat your child's tethered oral tissues but she is also very knowledgable on breastfeeding and latch issues as she is a certified lactation education counselor. This ensures you are getting the most comprehensive treatment for frenectomies in South Orange County. Dr. Nasem’s skill and gentle approach, frenectomies are a quick and simple treatment.

Frenectomies release restrictive connective tissues, or tongue and lip ties which are the result of irregularities in the lingual frenula. Frenula are the small bands of connective tissues that connect the tongue to the base of the mouth, and connect the lips to the gums. If this connective tissue is too thick or too short, it can cause a restriction of the movement of your child’s lips and tongue. Tongue and lip ties can negatively affect your child’s oral development as well as their overall health due to difficulties latching for breastfeeding, improper positioning of the jaw, sleep or even a misaligned bite and crowding of teeth later in life. Call today to learn more and schedule a consultation!

Signs & Symptoms

Does My Child Need a Frenectomy?

One of the most common and earliest sign that your child may need a frenectomy is difficulty latching on while breastfeeding. A tight or thick frenulum can prevent your child from fully extending their tongue over their lower gums, which is essential for proper breast and bottle feeding. Also, if you notice any heavy breathing or clicking sounds while feeding, this could indicate a tongue or lip tie. Another sign of a restrictive frenulum is a heart-shaped, or notched tongue. A tongue tie can pull the tip of your child’s tongue back when they stick it out. If you notice any of these symptoms, be sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nasem as soon as possible. She’ll evaluate if your child needs a frenectomy and provide honest advice and recommendations. As a mother to two tongue and lip tied babies herself, she understands how important it is to provide compassionate care and only recommends treatment if she truly believes it is necessary.

Understanding the Treatment

Why Is a Frenectomy Necessary?

If Dr. Nasem finds that your child has a tongue or lip tie, they will benefit from a frenectomy. Left untreated, a tongue or lip tie can negatively affect your child’s ability to get proper nutrition, develop a proper bite, and can even affect their speech and breathing later on. To prevent these issues, Dr. Nasem can simply remove the restrictive connective tissue with a soft tissue laser, and your child will no longer be affected by a tight or thick frenulum. Plus, the whole procedure is done in one quick appointment with minimal to no bleeding and minimal post op pain or discomfort.

What to Expect

The Benefits of Laser Therapy for Frenectomies

At Treehouse Pediatric Dentistry, we use high-quality, modern dental techniques to ensure every treatment is as comfortable, effective, and simple as possible. That’s why Dr. Nasem uses a specialized soft tissue laser for frenectomies, it is the only one of its kind in Southern California. This gentle laser treatment is quick, precise, and nearly painless as the laser is able to release the affected tissue immediately. This means there is minimal to no bleeding and, in turn, quicker healing. In fact, your child will even be able to feed right away after Dr. Nasem performs the frenectomy in our beautiful lactation room! Once your child is able to properly latch on, you’ll have peace of mind knowing they are able to get the proper nutrition they need to stay happy and healthy. If you are looking for an expert tongue or lip-tie release in South Orange County, be sure to give us a call today at (949) 668-0686! You and your little one are in good hands with Dr. Nasem.

Frenectomy Questions?