A frenotomy, also known as frenulotomy or frenulectomy, is a procedure in which the lingual frenulum is cut. The frenulum is a small fold of tissue that extends from the floor of the mouth to the underside of the tongue. Proper development of the frenulum starts in utero and continues after the child is born. In a perfect world, the frenulum will attach underneath the tongue at the midpoint. However, in some cases this attachment may be too thick, short, or tight. When this occurs, the condition is known as ankyloglossia, or tongue-tied.

If it is discovered that an infant has this condition, we can treat it at any of our three Tots N Teens Pediatrics locations with a frenotomy. However, adults with this condition are often left untreated, unless of course it is interfering with the normal function of the tongue. At Tots N Teens Pediatrics, we are dedicated to helping our patients understand the services and procedures they may need in order to live a healthy and fulfilled life. If your child is born with ‘tongue-tie’, please contact us for more information about your options.

Understanding the Procedure

As mentioned, tongue-tie occurs when the frenulum that affects the tongue’s ability to extend and retract is restricted. This can pose problems for newborn babies, as they may not be able to reach out and grasp the breast for breastfeeding with this condition. During a frenotomy, the tongue is held upwards towards the top of the mouth, making the frenulum taut. We then cut through the tissue along the tongue in a single, quick motion. In most cases, there is nothing more than a small drop of blood during the procedure.

What to Expect

This is a very straightforward procedure that we perform on a regular basis at our three Tots N Teens Pediatrics locations in Mesquite, Plano, and Forney. If you have any questions or are unsure about what to expect, please do not hesitate to contact us. We understand that any type of procedure that your infant or child needs can be intimidating, which is why we are dedicated to answering all your questions and putting your mind at ease. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions about frenotomy, including the procedure itself and the recovery.