A frenectomy (also known as a frenulectomy, frenulotomy or frenotomy) is the removal of a frenulum, a small fold of tissue that attaches to the gum or mucosa in the mouth. Done mostly for breastfeeding or orthodontic purposes, a frenectomy is either performed inside the middle of upper lip, which is called labial frenectomy, or under the tongue, called lingual frenectomy. Frenectomy is a common dental procedure and is performed both on children and adults.
Sometimes the intervention is required on a newborn for breastfeeding purposes. Too tight or too constricted, it will limit the child’s range of motion of the tongue, lip, or both and alter the mechanics of effective milk transfer.
That could result in (but not limited to):
The intervention lasts about 30-60 seconds and is performed with a 910nm diode LASER, which prevents from the need of stitches. The surgical area is prepared with a topical anesthetic. Your child will be swaddled during the procedure. You will be asked to stay in our office after the surgery to breastfeed and take care of your child. You are advised to be seen first with your lactation consultant 3-5 days after surgery. Your progress will be evaluated at the 1-week follow-up appointment.