Tongue Tie FAQs

San Francisco, Marin, and Oakland, CA

Has your child been diagnosed with a tongue-tie? If so, receiving a tongue-tie release is essential for optimal levels of oral health, as well as for the development of your child.

Your Bay Area dentists at Glen Park Dental provide tongue-tie or lip-tie release by performing a frenectomy using our state-of-the-art dental laser, which results in a quicker procedure, no downtime, and little to no discomfort.

As experts in the treatment of tethered oral tissue, Glen Park Dental would like to share some FAQs with you about this common, yet important procedure.

Q: How is the frenectomy performed?

A: We use a soft tissue laser rather than traditional surgical methods when releasing a tongue or lip-tie. Soft tissue lasers result in less bleeding, less discomfort, and quicker healing time with a lower risk of infection. We can even use the laser for a frenectomy on a child as young as two days old. We will provide you with specific postoperative care instructions, but stretching the site will be part of the post-operative process.

Stretching Exercises – Following the frenectomy procedure, stretching exercises should occur to prevent the tissue from growing back. For an infant, you can perform these exercises while they sleep or while awake, whichever is easiest for you.

Q: How often should these stretching exercises be performed?

A: The goal is frequency when it comes to stretching following a frenectomy. Aim to stretch your child’s tongue or lip at least two to three times per day during the first two weeks after surgery.

Q: How much force should be exerted when stretching, and how long do I need to stretch the area?

A: It may be difficult to tell whether you are applying the right amount of pressure or not, but if you see a red line in the healing area, you may need to apply more pressure. Also, hold the stretch approximately five to 10 seconds each time.

Q: What should I expect following the frenectomy?

A: These symptoms may be present. However, it does not necessarily indicate a problem.

  • White area at the surgical site
  • Swelling of the upper lip or under the tongue, depending on where the frenectomy took place
  • Bleeding will occur but should be minimal
  • Excessive drooling, which is normal as your baby realizes his or her newfound mobility

Q: I’m breastfeeding my baby, when can I expect to see improvements in his or her latch?

A: Generally speaking, infants usually have an improved latch within a few days following treatment. However, if your baby continues having difficulty latching properly, or you experience discomfort when nursing, you may need to add more pressure when stretching the surgical site. If problems persist, you may want to seek the consult of a lactation specialist.

Tongue and Lip-Tie Release in the Bay Area

To learn more about frenectomies, please contact Glen Park Dental by calling (415) 585-1500 to schedule a consultation.

Glen Park Dental provides comprehensive, compassionate, quality oral health care for patients in the areas of Marin, Oakland, and San Francisco, California.