Most people have noticed the small piece of tissue reaching from the top of their gums to the inside of their lip. In some cases, this tissue—called the frenum—may be obtrusive or too thick, and this can cause a noticeable gap in a person’s front teeth. A frenectomy can resolve the issue and is most commonly necessary for babies and children. Dr. Christopher Henninger’s office offers pediatric laser dentistry in Vista, CA for young patients. If your child exhibits any of these three symptoms, it may be time for a visit to the dentist.
You Have Difficulty Breastfeeding
There can be a number of issues to blame if you are experiencing difficulty breastfeeding, but a problematic frenum is certainly a potential cause. Some of the specific behaviors you may notice when you attempt feeding include the following:
- Gumming rather than sucking nipple
- Failure to latch onto breast consistently
- Tendency to fall asleep quickly during feeding
A Gap Appears in Your Child’s Smile
Sometimes a child’s need for a frenectomy is not noticed until they are older. In such cases, the physical effects may become apparent. The most common manifestation of the problem is a pronounced gap in a child’s front teeth. Even if this occurs, Dr. Henninger has options to provide treatment and minimize the effects on your child’s smile.
Your Child Has Trouble Gaining Weight
Because of the problems with breastfeeding that a problematic frenum can cause, you may notice that your child is falling behind in the weight gain benchmarks they should be meeting. If they are not gaining the appropriate amount of weight for their age, it can be an overall detriment to their health, and it is time to see a dentist.
Your Child’s Frenectomy Can Be Easy
If these symptoms apply to your child, the good news is that laser dentistry in Vista, CA can make treatment easy. Contact us to arrange an appointment with Dr. Henninger.