Frenectomy FAQ

What is a tongue-tie?

The International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals defines a tongue tie as the embryological remnant of the tissue in the middle of the undersurface of the tongue and the floor of the mouth.

The mucous membrane that ties a lip or a tongue is also called a frenum.

What is a frenectomy?

The severing of a membrane with laser, electrosurgery, or incision.

Why a laser?

The laser cuts through the membrane without affecting deeper tissues. Less pain and faster healing is expected when a laser is used.The risk of infection is far less as the laser cauterizes the area.

Why no anesthetic?

We do not believe there is significant pain involved in the procedure, and we want the baby to feed once the procedure is completed.

Why do it? 

Improved breast-feeding is often the reason for having an infant done soon after birth, however, other reasons include speech, oral, and facial development as the child gets older.

Is this procedure “evidence-based”?

Agreement among Dental and Medical Specialists is not universal. However, an article published in the Journal of the Canadian Dental Association (Issue 2, 2013) reviews some of the latest scientific literature and recommends frenectomies for tongue-tied infants. The Journal of Oral Health, March 2015, provides more scientific evidence from Dr. Lawrence Kotlow a pediatric dentist in New York, NY. Dr Bobby Ghareri, an ENT in Portland, Oregon also provides a great amount of information on his website.

What are the possible risks?

There is a possibility of pain, bleeding, infection or delayed healing. It is crucial to follow the post-operative instructions to prevent the re-growth of the frenum.

What does it cost?

The fee for one tie is $350. Additional frenectomies will be $150 each. Thus, if the tongue-tie and both lip-ties are done the total cost would be $650.

Does my insurance cover the cost?

Payment in full is expected at the time the service is provided. Your insurance may or may not provide benefits for frenectomies. As a courtesy, our office will help you submit claims to your insurance provider. It is your responsibility to communicate with your insurance company.

Is there a guarantee of success?

No medical procedure can be guaranteed. The stretches, however, are crucial to any success rate.

What can I expect to see after the procedure?

After the procedure, a white diamond-shaped area may appear where the frenum was. This is normal and not an infection. This will heal and disappear in approximately two weeks.

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tongue tie ‘diamond’ after laser treatment               lip tie ‘diamond’ after laser treatment