Lip & Tongue Relief

Frenectomies

Treatment is performed with a laser which releases a restricting frenulum. A tight, restricting frenulum is a small fold of tissue that can cause gum recession, over exposing the front teeth putting them at risk of loss. Strong frenulum attachments also prevent the lips from moving properly which can effect speech or appearance. For infants this can contribute to improper latching during breastfeeding. All of these conditions can be corrected using topical or local anesthetic with a few gentle passes of the laser tip. The laser cauterizes and sterilizes the tissue so there is no need for sutures and rapid healing is facilitated. Breastfeeding can be resumed immediately following the procedure.

 


Ankyloglossia Treatment

Commonly known as tongue tied, this is a congenital oral anomaly which decreases mobility of the tongue tip due to a pronounced lingual frenulum. For infants, this can cause difficulty or inability to breastfeed.  Later in life this condition can cause speach impediments. Our laser treatment frees the tongue to move properly. Immediately after treatment, a hungry infant can nurse.  Proper latch often develops within the first week. The procedure is performed with application of topical or local anesthetic and a few gentle passes of the laser tip.  The laser cauterizes and sterilizes the tissue so there is no need for sutures and rapid healing is facilitated.

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