Urbach Pediatric Dentistry: Laser Frenectomy

Urbach Pediatric Dentistry: Laser Frenectomy

August 20, 2018

What is a Frenectomy?

A frenectomy is a dental procedure that unlatches the frenum underneath the tongue or upper lip. This allows for improved range of motion that would normally cause difficulties with breastfeeding, dental decay, digestive issues, speech and airway issues, and dental spacing. Our experienced dental team at Urbach Pediatric Dentistry can perform this simple procedure for improved oral health.

Laser Frenectomy – How Does It Work?

Dental teams do not perform surgeries to release the frenum. They vaporize the tissue through light energy. This quick procedure provides the patient with minimal discomfort and pain. In fact, many younger patients sleep through the procedure. The vaporization sterilizes the area immediately which lowers the risk of infection and a quicker healing period.

Below are a few commonly asked questions regarding a laser frenectomy:

  • How Can A Lip-Tie Affect My Child? A lip tie happens when the upper lip is attached to the upper gum. This can lead to other challenges including difficulties cleaning the mouth, spacing, risk of dental decay, and problems with breastfeeding.
  • Why Does It Hurt When I Breastfeed My Baby? A baby’s tongue may struggle to move if they suffer from a lip-tie or tongue-tie. This can lead to frustration for the mother as they continuously try to relatch.
  • Why Have The Tongue-Tie And/Or Lip-Ties Released For My Baby? Releasing the tongue tie or lip tie can help to improve breastfeeding and avoid more serious and long-term oral health issues.

Our dental team is eager to answer any questions parents may have regarding the safe laser frenectomy procedure for their children. Contact our dental office today for more information on the different services we provide or to schedule your child’s next dental cleaning and exam.