Tongue-Tie Frenectomy in Burke, VA

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What is a frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a procedure used to treat tongue-tie or lip tie. Both are common conditions that can cause infants difficulty breastfeeding, speaking, and eating. A lingual frenectomy involves the removal of the frenulum, which is the tissue connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth. A maxillary frenectomy removes the frenulum that connects the lips to the lower or upper gums. Our medical provider can perform the frenectomy procedure in our office at Washington Periodontics.
What is Tongue-Tie?
Tongue-tie is a condition that is present at birth and affects the tongue’s range of motion. The lingual frenulum, or tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is either too short, thick, or tight, and this can restrict the tongue’s movement and prevent it from functioning properly.
There are different degrees of tongue-tie. Some babies can have a mild form that does not cause any problems, while others can have a severe form that makes it difficult to breastfeed or eat. Tongue-tie can also affect the way a child speaks. Tongue-tie causes problems in about five percent of all newborns.

Why is a frenectomy performed?

A frenectomy is performed to improve the function of the tongue. Tongue-tie can cause difficulty with breastfeeding, speaking, and eating. A frenectomy can also enhance the appearance of the tongue.

The benefits of frenectomy include improved tongue function and improved appearance. Frenectomy can also help to improve the quality of life for both the child and the parents.

Your child may have tongue-tie if you/they:

  • Have difficulty breastfeeding
  • Have difficulty latching onto the nipple
  • Have difficulty staying latched on
  • Experience pain while breastfeeding
  • Pull away from the breast often
  • Have difficulty sucking
  • Experience clicking sounds while breastfeeding
  • Have a gap between the frenulum and the tongue
  • Have a frenulum that is attached to the tip of the tongue

If you think your child may have tongue-tie, please call our office to schedule a consultation. We will be able to examine your child and determine if frenectomy is the proper treatment for them.

What are the risks of a frenectomy?

The risk factors of frenectomy are rare but can include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Changes in taste
  • Numbness
  • Difficulty moving the tongue

If you have any questions or concerns about frenectomy, please call our office. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and help you make the best decision for your child's care.

How is a frenectomy used to treat tongue-tie?

At Washington Periodontics, we offer frenectomies to treat tongue-tie. The simple surgical procedure is quick and relatively painless, and it is performed in our office, and patients can return to their normal activities immediately afterward.

The procedure involves the removal of the frenulum, which is the tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. The lingual frenum is removed using a scalpel or laser surgical techniques, and the procedure can be performed under local or topical anesthetic.

After the frenulum is removed, the tongue will be able to move more freely. This can help improve the tongue's function and improve the quality of life for both the child and the parents.


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Burke, Virginia 22015
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