Tongue Tie Lip Tie Treatment (Frenectomy)

Dr. Laura Greenwald evaluates and treats tethered oral issues affecting infants and kids through a procedure known as frenectomy or frenotomy. This procedure involves releasing the frenum under the upper lip or tongue to increase the range of motion.

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 our soft tissue laser. Dr. Greenwald is a dental specialist in treating the soft tissues of the mouth in people of all ages. She can expertly release a tongue- or lip-tie for infants, children, or adults using a minimally invasive laser technique that is both comfortable and fast-healing.

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.

Proper and timely treatment offers several benefits, including:

  • Eliminating breastfeeding challenges for both the baby and the mother
  • Eliminating feeding challenges for children
  • Eliminating problems associated with speech delay

Generally, treatment is designed to allow for the proper growth and development of the patient’s jaws.