Frenectomies Are Available in Boonville, MO
A frenulum is a small piece of tissue that helps different parts of your body function. You actually have at least 3 in your mouth alone: one on each lip that attaches them to your teeth, and one under your tongue. They are key to the development of proper speech and eating patterns. However, sometimes this frenulum tissue can be too short or thick to allow the lips and tongue to move properly. This can lead to problems speaking and even orthodontic complications.
This can be especially troublesome for infants because it can prevent them from breastfeeding properly. Infants with short or thick frenulums can have trouble latching onto the nipple, which can force them to have to bite down with their gums to make milk come out. As you can imagine, this is extremely uncomfortable for both mother and child. This can prevent an infant from getting enough milk during feedings, leading to problems with malnutrition that can cause numerous and long-lasting problems with a child’s development.
Fortunately, Dr. Joseph Kelly is able to perform quick and effective frenectomies in his Boonville, MO practice. Traditionally, frenectomies required the use of a surgical scalpel or scissors. As you can imagine, performing the procedure this way was very uncomfortable for patients (both young and old) and it caused more bleeding.
Dr. Kelly instead uses a soft tissue laser. It is able to eliminate the non-functional tissue and it only takes a few minutes to complete, with a short recovery time.
If you or your child is having trouble eating (especially breastfeeding) or talking comfortably, a frenectomy might be a simple answer to your problem. Contact our office today for a consultation; this process often only takes a single appointment to complete. He’s happy to serve the families of Boonville, Pilot Grove, Fayette, New Franklin, Blackwater, and Columbia, MO.