Laser Frenectomy in Leesburg, VA

In order to eat and speak efficiently, not only is the shape and form of our mouth and teeth important, but there are a lot of soft tissue components that facilitate these actions. 

A frenum is a band of fiber that connects two other soft tissue pieces together. We have multiple frenums within our mouth: a labial frenum connects the lip to the gum tissue by the front teeth, a buccal frenum connects the cheek to the gum tissue by the back teeth and a lingual frenum which connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth.  

Sometimes a frenum may be unusually short, thick, webbed, tight or attached in an awkward position. These frenum irregularities are restrictive often inhibiting adequate movement and functioning of the lip, cheek or tongue, thereby leading to issues with nursing, eating, oral hygiene, tooth alignment and arch development, speech, swallowing and particularly airway/respiratory issues such as mouth breathing and sleep apnea. 

A frenectomy is a surgical revision/release of a restrictive frenum. At Tooth Clues, our Solea laser enables us to complete this procedure with ease, minimal bleeding and very little discomfort to the patient. And the results of the frenum release are nearly immediate and exhilarating!  

Infant

The experience of nursing is important for a mother and her newborn infant – it should be pain-free, efficient and comfortable for both. However tight lip and tongue frenums can make this experience extremely challenging for the mother and newborn infant.

Symptoms of lip and tongue ties in infants often lead to:

  • A shallow and ineffective latch
  • Poor weight gain
  • Colic and reflux symptoms
  • A need for constant feedings
  • Biting of the nipple while nursing

And mothers often struggle with:

  • Mastitis
  • Infections of the breast
  • Cracked/bruised/blistered nipples
  • Emotional frustrations and depression

Dr. Takiar has extensive experience in evaluating infant frenums and frenectomy procedures. If you or your newborn are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call our office immediately at 571-799-0559 for an appointment. It is our guarantee to see you at Tooth Clues within 24 hours; helping our newborn infants thrive and ensuring our nursing mothers are pain-free is extremely important to us.

Toddler and Children

Undiagnosed and untreated lip and tongue ties can also have a significant impact on the overall growth and development of our toddlers and children. 

These tethered oral ties can often lead to: 

  • Challenges in brushing teeth
  • Cavities
  • Dental and orofacial anomalies including restricted dental arch development and proper facial growth
  • Space/gaps between teeth
  • Limited range of motion and oral function leading your toddler/child to be a picky eater 
  • Delayed speech development
  • Behavior challenges
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sleep apnea

At each visit to Tooth Clues, rest assured that Dr. Takiar and staff will always complete a comprehensive exam and inform you of any oral restrictions that may benefit from treatment. But please do not hesitate to reach out to our dental detective agency with any immediate concerns and questions!