Frenectomy can help children born with tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) and/or a lip-tie, which causes restricted movement of the tongue because it is tightly connected to the bottom of the mouth (via the frenum) and subsequent problems with breastfeeding, as well as health concerns such as dental decay or spacing, speech and airway difficulties, and even digestive issues.
Fortunately, these issues can generally be corrected by a simple procedure done with a soft tissue laser. This procedure involves releasing the frenum under the upper lip or tongue to increase the range of motion, and can be performed on infants, children, or adults using a minimally invasive laser technique that is both comfortable and fast-healing.
How it works
The laser technique “vaporizes” the tight tissue – rather than cutting it – using light energy. This results in minimal discomfort and almost no bleeding from the laser procedure. Moreover, the lasers sterilize at touch therefore have less risk of infection. The healing is very quick, since the laser stimulates bio-regeneration and healing, producing beautiful tissue with low risk of relapse.
Treatment for infants
Parents who have trouble breastfeeding babies with a tongue-tie or lip-tie should consider getting frenectomy for babies. This simple and fast procedure gently removes the tight frenum that is causing the problem, using a high-tech dental laser. The procedure is safe and gentle enough for one-day-old babies.
Treatment for children and adults
In kids and adults, tongue-tie and lip=tie can result in underlying problems such as jaw-joint pain, trouble swallowing, sleep apnea, gum recession, and speed impediments. The problem can also push dentures out of place and destabilize them in adults. Laser treatment can improve the patient’s appetite, boost their self-confidence, and make it more comfortable to eat and swallow.
Treatment is designed to allow for the proper growth and development of the jaws, which in turn eliminates associated problems.