Tongue-Tie Frenectomy in Burke, VA

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What is a frenectomy?
A frenectomy is a procedure used to treat tongue-tie, lip tie, spacing between upper front teeth, and receding gums. A lingual frenectomy involves the removal of the frenulum, which is the tissue connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth. A maxillary frenectomy removes the frenulum that connects the lips to the lower or upper gums. Our medical provider can perform the frenectomy procedure in our office at Washington Periodontics.
What is Tongue-Tie?
Tongue-tie is a condition that is present at birth and affects the tongue’s range of motion. The lingual frenulum, or tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is either too short, thick, or tight, and this can restrict the tongue’s movement and prevent it from functioning properly. The pull from the frenum can also cause receding gums which can lead to tooth loss.
Why is a frenectomy performed?

A frenectomy is performed to improve the function of the tongue, close spacing between upper front teeth, and prevent gum recession.

Your child may have tongue-tie if you/they:

  • Have a gap between the frenulum and the tongue
  • Have a frenulum that is attached to the tip of the tongue

Please call our office to schedule a consultation. We will be able to examine your child and determine if frenectomy is the proper treatment for them.

What are the risks of a frenectomy?

The risk factors of frenectomy are rare but can include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding

If you have any questions or concerns about frenectomy, please call our office. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and help you make the best decision for you or your child’s care?

How is a frenectomy used to treat tongue-tie?

At Washington Periodontics, we offer frenectomies to treat tongue-tie. The simple surgical procedure is quick and relatively painless, and it is performed in our office, and patients can return to their normal activities immediately afterward.

The procedure involves the removal of the frenulum, which is the tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth.

After the frenulum is removed, the tongue will be able to move more freely. This can help improve the tongue's function and improve the quality of life.


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9004 Crownwood Ct., Suite A
Burke, Virginia 22015
Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
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