Tongue & Lip-Tie Procedures: Does Laser vs. Scissors Matter?

April 30, 2018

For families with children that are seeking a tongue tie procedure, they often have many valid questions. After all, when your child undergoes any kind of procedure, it is up to the parents to be educated and make well-founded decisions as to the care their children will receive. It is often asked if they should go to a particular tongue tie provider based on the fact if they use lasers or scissors. In short, the tool used is much less important than the skill level and experience your provider has. Anyone can go out and buy a laser, but do they have the proper knowledge needed to execute this procedure with care and precision?

How can a family know whether or not a provider will do a complete job when treating tongue tie?

While it may not be exactly apparent on the surface of the expertise of a provider, there are a few questions you can ask to get an idea as to if this is the person you want to work with or not.

  • How many tongue tie procedures do you perform per month?
  • Do you treat posterior tongue tie as well?

Does it matter whether a provider uses laser or scissors for the procedure?

In our opinion, based solely on the purposes breastfeeding, there is almost no difference between the results of procedures done with lasers or scissors. There has never been a study conducted on the result differences between these two methods, but we can provide solid differences between the two kinds of procedures:

  • The procedure conducted with scissors is faster than lasers.
  • Parents are allowed in the room when their child is being treated with scissors but have to leave when being treated with lasers.
  • The decision is yours; we hope to have shed some light on this uncommon procedure. Any questions you may have can be directed to our office in Houston, TX, at Urbach Pediatric Dentistry.