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.

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:

  • Improving the ability to breastfeed
  • Reducing discomfort when breastfeeding
  • Improve the ability to produce milk due to proper stimulation
  • Avoid long-term issues such as speech impairments, tooth spacing, and more
  • Ensures more adequate infant feeding and growth
  • Improving the appearance of the lips and tongue

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, to schedule an appointment. With locations in Richmond, Midlothian, and Chester, we are conveniently located for you and your child’s needs.

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.