After a thorough evaluation by members of the Emerson Hospital Frenulum Clinic team, if an infant is found to have a level of tongue tie that’s interfering with their well-being, a recommendation may be made for a procedure called lingual frenectomy, or frenulum division.
This is a simple outpatient procedure that involves numbing the tongue with an anesthetic. A small incision is made that frees the tongue from the floor of the mouth. The incision then will be sutured while the tissue heals. If it’s convenient for you and your infant, this procedure can be performed at the same visit as the assessment.
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To help you understand what to expect before and after the frenulum division procedure, we’ve prepared several helpful documents:
- Preoperative instructions | PDF
- Comforting your baby during the procedure | PDF
- Postoperative instructions | PDF
- Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about frenulum division | PDF
If you have questions about when it’s appropriate to refer a patient for frenulum division, please take a moment to read this:
Reasons to refer a patient for a frenulum division | PDF
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