Welcome to Children’s Dentistry of Virginia, PC, where we specialize in providing gentle, effective, and state-of-the-art care for your child’s oral health needs. One of our key services is the laser frenectomy procedure, designed to address conditions like lip and tongue ties that can hinder your child’s ability to breastfeed, speak clearly, and maintain proper dental health.
Our dedicated team of pediatric dental professionals in Chester, VA is committed to ensuring that every child we treat receives personalized care in a warm, nurturing environment. In the sections below, we’ll explore the benefits of laser frenectomy, how to prepare for it, and what to expect during recovery.
What Is A Laser Frenectomy?
A laser frenectomy is a procedure to release the frenum, a small band of tissue under the tongue or upper lip. A laser frenectomy can be performed on infants and children who have a tongue or lip tie, which limits movement of the tongue or upper lip.
A laser frenectomy is a simple and minimally invasive procedure that can be performed by your dentist to correct these issues. A soft-tissue laser does not cut and instead vaporizes tissue almost painlessly. Additionally, the laser procedure causes almost no bleeding. Lasers sterilize at the touch and therefore cause less risk of infection and offer a much quicker healing process.
The Importance Of Early Diagnosis
Early diagnosis of lip and tongue ties is crucial in preventing long-term complications in children. Identifying these issues early can lead to more effective treatment and reduce the risk of speech and dental problems. Our team at Children’s Dentistry of Virginia, PC is skilled in early detection and can advise on the best course of action.
Lip & Tongue Release
As mentioned, a lip tie is a condition in which the frenulum that attaches the upper lip to the gums is too thick or tight. In comparison, a tongue-tie is when the frenulum is too close to the tip of the tongue. This condition can make it difficult for a baby to breastfeed and cause pain for the baby and the mother.
Normal tongue function is essential for several reasons, including allowing a baby to latch adequately, promoting normal speech development, and supporting adequate swallowing. A lip and tongue release is a minimally invasive procedure that can improve the function of the lips and tongue. Benefits of this procedure include:
If you are concerned that your child may have a lip or tongue tie, please get in touch with our office, Children’s Dentistry of Virginia, PC, to schedule an appointment. With locations in Richmond, Midlothian, and Chester, we are conveniently located for you and your child’s needs.
Preparing For The Procedure
What To Expect After The Procedure
Breastfeeding immediately after the procedure is fine, as breast milk contains antibodies and anti-inflammatory compounds that aid healing. In addition, the simple and familiar act of breastfeeding will reassure and soothe your baby.
Our office will give you specific instructions on post-procedure care and healing. Our team can also recommend a lactation consultant to work with you and your baby to ensure that the results of the procedure are lasting and most effective.