If your child has a gap between their front teeth due to a band of tissue that connects at the front of their smile, a frenectomy may have been suggested to treat this problem. At Little Fish Dental, we understand that you may be hesitant when it comes to more complex procedures, but here is some general information about the procedure, the benefits, and when it is the right time to seek this treatment.
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What is a Frenectomy?
The goal of a frenectomy is the removal of the tissue that runs either under the tongue (a lingual frenectomy), or the upper lip (labial frenectomies). In infants, frenectomies can solve issues with nursing; however, the treatment is more often used to prevent gaps in your child’s teeth before or during orthodontic treatment.
A prominent labial frenum frequently causes a gap in the front teeth that cannot always be fixed by braces alone. Additionally, any gap that is caused by a prominent frenum has the chance to reoccur after braces are removed if the frenum is still in place.
If you are the parent of a child with a wide gap in their front teeth caused by a problematic frenum, a frenectomy can help limit the need for additional procedures to correct issues when their adult teeth come in. If the frenum is not removed before permanent teeth move into place, the gap can no longer be fixed solely through the removal of the tissue. However, there are times when the labial frenum will not affect your child’s incoming permanent teeth, and the gap closes naturally as these teeth erupt. When looking to determine whether a frenectomy is right for younger patients, it is best to consult our pediatric dental specialist.
If your child is nearing the completion of orthodontic treatment, a frenectomy may have been suggested to preserve their new, ideal alignment. In these cases, the removal of the frenum might be the only way to prevent front teeth from relapsing, and once again forming a gap. Be sure to consult our office about most beneficial time for a frenectomy, whether your child is scheduled to begin their braces treatment, or is currently in the middle of an existing braces plan.
Contact Little Fish Dental for more information about frenectomies and helping your child enjoy a healthy smile they can feel good about as they grow into adulthood.