frenectomy surgery dentist 
in Liberty, MO

what is an infant frenectomy?

An infant frenectomy is performed on infants with an elongated or short-and-thick lingual frenulum that limits tongue movement and makes sucking, speech, and swallowing difficult. This medical condition is also described as a tongue-tie, as elongated frena may prevent normal extension of the tongue.

An infant frenectomy can be performed quickly and with minimal pain within a few weeks after birth.

At Jackson Family Dental, we’ve invested in our Solea laser to ensure the best possible care for your child. Let’s work together to give your child the health they deserve.

frenectomies and our Solea laser

how our laser provides the best care for your child

The Solea dental laser offers a less invasive alternative for addressing tongue or lip tie conditions. Unlike traditional techniques that involve a scalpel, extended recovery periods, and potential bleeding, this laser technology ensures a secure, swift procedure, promoting greater satisfaction for parents and enhanced well-being for infants.

“Solea has allowed me to do frenectomies gently in my office without anesthesia, bleeding or discomfort, providing a better experience for both the children and their parents.”

– Dr. Jesse Jackson

Benefits of frenectomies with our Solea laser

  • Minimal bleeding and less need for anesthesia
  • Precision and reduced tissue damage
  • Reduced pain and swelling post-procedure
  • Shorter procedure time and faster recovery

how tongue-tie affects a baby’s health

Tongue- and lip-ties in infants result from connective tissues inside the baby’s oral cavity limiting normal tongue and lip movement. This can lead to more health issues, such as:


  • Having trouble feeding and drinking properly
  • Difficulty breathing due to tight/restricted airways
  • Malocclusions (misaligned bite)
  • Speech issues

how the procedure works

If your child is suffering from frena tongue-tie or lip-tie, our pediatric dental specialist may recommend a frenectomy as a permanent solution to this health problem. The steps of this procedure are as follows:


  • The tongue is lifted up to the roof of the mouth to make the frenulum taut.
  • The white, fascia-like tissue is cut close to the tongue.
  • The cut is made in a single motion, taking less than a second.
  • The baby can immediately return to its young, happy life without tongue-tie!

what can a dentist do
about my child’s tongue-tie?

At Jackson Family Dental, we’ll help you and your infant find a painless, quick solution to tongue-tie and/or lip-tie.

At our office, we offer infant frenectomies for babies who struggle with elongated or tight connective tissues in their mouth that limit natural movement and functions. A lingual frenectomy releases the tongue from restrictive tissue,while a labial frenectomy frees the lips to suck and smile properly. This procedure is done with either a careful, quick snip of a pair of scissors, or with laser technology.

Not sure if your child needs an infant frenectomy? That’s what we’re here for. Talk to our dental specialists today to discuss your child’s needs! Give us a call at (816) 429-5799.

common questions
about frenectomies


What is a tongue-tie?

A tongue-tie occurs when the thin membrane under the tongue, known as the lingual frenulum, restricts proper tongue movement. This is actually common for many babies; but for about 5% of newborns, this connective tissue is so tight it negatively affects their ability to feed and suck properly.

What is a lip-tie?

Babies who suffer from a tongue-tie also experience a lip-tie. A lip-tie is an abnormally tight membrane (known as the labial frenulum) attaching the upper lip to their upper gums. This restricts lip movement, causing them to take in excess air when feeding, making them gassy and fussy.

What are the benefits of an infant frenectomy?

An infant frenectomy allows your baby to experience greater tongue and lip mobility, making feeding, sucking, smiling, and speaking easier and more natural. In some cases, frenectomies may help prevent other health problems like tooth decay, speech difficulties, and digestive issues. If you breastfeed, an infant frenectomy may make the feeding experience more enjoyable, as your infant will feed more easily and be less fussy.

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