A frenulum is tissue that attaches your gums to your upper lip, while another connects the lower lip to the gums. A frenulum that is not the right shape or size, may cause tooth misalignment and problems in speaking. A shortened frenulum underneath the tongue can be a problem in infants as it will hinder breastfeeding. Corrective action may be necessary in cases where the frenulum disrupts movement, growth, or development.
A surgical procedure called a frenectomy that can be performed with either a scalpel or laser. A benefit to using a laser would be that it causes very little bleeding and does not require stitches. Pateints have reported less discomfort after the procedure when the laser is used rather than the scalpel. Genral anesthesia is used for infants and young children, adult usually only need local anesthesia. The frenectomy is a very successful procedure and causes minimal discomfort even if it is your child there is no need to worry.