How a Frenectomy Could Lead to Easier Speaking and Eating
Posted on 12/21/2020 by Dr. Michael Wockenfus
There are two types of conditions a child can be born with that require a frenectomy. The first is called a lip-tie, and it occurs when tissue, known as the frenulum, prevents the upper lip from moving correctly. The other condition, known as a tongue-tie, occurs when the frenulum prevents the tongue from moving correctly. Typically, the frenulum dissolves in the womb, but it doesn't always. When it doesn't, we need to do a frenectomy to remove this unnecessary tissue. Doing so has a number of benefits, including making it easier to speak and eat.
The Benefits of a Frenectomy
When a child can't move their upper lip or tongue correctly, it can make it difficult for them to form sounds correctly. It can lead to them mumbling, speaking slower than normal, or having a lisp. Some children won't start speaking until later in life. Any of these conditions can cause the child to be teased by their peers, which in turn may make them even more reluctant to talk. By removing the unnecessary frenulum and working with a speech therapist, they can overcome any difficulties they may have and learn to speak correctly. Eating can also be more difficult when the lips or tongue can't move freely. It can be hard to chew or to move food around in the mouth.
What Is a Frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a very simple procedure that removes this extra tissue. Because the tissue should have dissolved on its own, there's no reason for it to remain. Today, we typically use a small laser to remove this tissue. The procedure takes very little time, doesn't bleed much, and is not very painful. In fact, a frenectomy can be done in about five minutes. If you suspect your little one needs a frenectomy, give us a call to schedule a consultation.
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