At Cherry Creek Pediatric Dentistry, we believe in providing comprehensive care that supports the healthy development of your child’s smile. One of the specialized procedures we offer is a frenectomy, which many parents might not be familiar with until our Denver pediatric dentist may recommends it for their child.

What Is a Frenectomy?

A frenectomy is a simple surgery that removes a frenum, which is a small fold of tissue that connects different parts of the mouth — the two most common locations are under the tongue and between the upper lip and the gums. When this tissue restricts movement or aligns improperly, it can lead to issues with speech, eating, and, in the long run, dental alignment.

Why Might a Child Need a Frenectomy?

We recommend a frenectomy when a frenum is too tight, thick, or improperly attached, which can affect dental health and function. For example, a condition known as tongue-tie, where the frenum under the tongue is too tight, can restrict tongue movement. This restriction can interfere with a child’s ability to speak clearly or eat effectively. Similarly, a tight frenum attached to the upper gum can create gaps between the front teeth and might pull the gums away from the teeth, leading to gum problems.

How We Perform a Frenectomy

The procedure is quick, typically taking only a few minutes. Dr. Kojo Danso uses the latest techniques, including laser frenectomy, which involves minimal discomfort and bleeding. This method also promotes faster healing without the need for stitches. Before the procedure, we explain every step to you and your child to ensure you both feel prepared and at ease.

Aftercare and Recovery

Recovery from a frenectomy is usually swift and complications are rare. We will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth healing process. These may include gentle oral exercises that can help your child adapt to the newfound freedom of movement in their mouth. Pain is typically minimal, but we might recommend simple over-the-counter pain relief if necessary.

Our Commitment to Your Child’s Health

We understand that the idea of your child undergoing surgery, however minor, can be concerning. Please know that we are here to address any questions or concerns you might have about the frenectomy or any other dental procedures. Our goal is to ensure that all aspects of your child’s oral health are cared for, so they can grow up with a healthy, confident smile.

If you think your child might benefit from a frenectomy in Denver, Colorado, or if you have noticed anything about their speech or eating habits that concerns you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Danso by calling us at 303-757-8844. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are dedicated to creating a welcoming and supportive environment where all your child’s dental needs are met with expert care.