Frenectomies in children are often performed if a child has difficulty eating or speaking. Sometimes the frenum causes limited movement of the lips or the tongue, causing delayed or difficult speech. When a child cannot properly protrude the tongue, a frenectomy is indicated to increase the range of motion for the tongue.
An orthodontist may request a frenectomy to assist with proper tooth and jaw alignment when the band of tissue between the two front teeth is too thick. Adults can also benefit from this procedure.
Frenectomies are highly recommended when infants have difficulty latching during nursing. This is caused by two conditions: Anklyloglossia (tongue-tied) or the maxillary labial frenum. Anklyloglossia is when the tissue between the tongue and the floor of the mouth is too short. This condition results in limited movement of the tongue. A simple frenectomy will increase the range of motion of the tongue allowing infants to have an improved suckling reflex and the ability to latch properly. Parents are encouraged to remain with their infant during this procedure.