Laser Frenectomy – Tongue Tied Procedure
Laser frenectomy is a simple procedure that helps correct tongue ties.
We all have frenum—the small folds of tissue that connect to mobile organs, like our tongues. However, some people have a frenum that is too tight or low. Infants in particular suffer from tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia, in which their condition causes problems with breastfeeding. A tight frenum can cause serious dental health consequences over time. At Smiles by Hanna, we can remove a tight frenum with laser frenectomy, a fast, virtually painless, and anesthesia-free procedure.
What is laser frenectomy?
Traditionally, tongue-tie or otherwise abnormal frenum were removed by snipping or surgically removing the tissue with a scalpel. Removal is always recommended, since tongue-tie can lead to:
- The inability to eat or speak properly
- Pain or clicking in the jaw
- Oral health concerns, including gum inflammation and dental decay
You’ll likely notice that your child needs a frenectomy when they are unable to properly latch during breastfeeding. This can lead to weight loss and colic in the infant, and painful nursing and low milk supply for the mother.
Today, Dr. Hanna Mansoor always recommends laser frenectomy for infants, children, and adults alike. At Smiles by Hanna, we invest in the best and most cutting-edge dental technologies to help our patients. It’s why we use the state-of-the-art WaterLase technology for our tongue-tie laser frenectomy patients.
If you need to book a laser frenectomy in Gilbert, AZ, contact our office today!
Our WaterLase technology
Our WaterLase laser technology is one of our newest tools in the Smiles by Hanna office, but it’s also one of the most versatile. It provides outstanding, minimally-invasive care to our laser frenectomy patients, as well as those who need fillings, extractions, or tori removal.
With most dental procedures, it’s actually the heat and pressure from the tools that cause pain. The WaterLase tool eliminates both of these, dramatically reducing pain, bleeding, and swelling during and after your procedure.
One of our recent patients talked about her experience with our cutting-edge WaterLase technology. By using this technology, we can provide superior and pain-free care to our very smallest patients. It makes a difference.
Laser frenectomy benefits
Laser frenectomy is superior to traditional frenectomy surgery in so many ways. The laser uses concentrated light and water to cut and cauterize the frenulum. Because of this, laser frenectomy:
- Is virtually pain-free
- Requires no anesthesia, which is especially important for infant-care
- Takes only one to two minutes, for the whole procedure
- Has a much lower risk of infection
- Produces very little bleeding
- Requires no sutures
- Provides for a shorter healing and recovery time
For infants who suffer from tongue-tie, this WaterLase technology can mean the difference between a colicky infant who isn’t thriving, to one that can start breastfeeding with a natural latch. Infants who receive a laser frenectomy can actually start breastfeeding almost immediately after the procedure. Sometimes this is even encouraged to help calm the child.
How long does a frenectomy take to heal?
Laser frenectomy recovery time is much faster than with a traditional surgery. After the laser frenectomy procedure, patients reported less postoperative pain and better function. Since patients generally don’t need anesthesia, there’s also less downtime after the frenectomy with laser. And, the laser itself encourages healing of the tissues in the mouth.
Talk to your dentist about the specific aftercare instructions they have. To help with the laser frenectomy recovery, you may need to do post-procedure stretches or wound-care. Dr. Hanna Mansoor goes over all of this in step-by-step detail. She’ll also demonstrate how to do this on young infants.
We know visiting the dentist can be intimidating, especially when it’s for your infant. At Smiles by Hanna, we work hard to ensure that our patients know what to expect before and after their procedure. If you need help correcting your infant’s tongue-tie, schedule a consultation today. Our caring and compassionate office staff is always ready to answer any questions you have.
Where can I get a laser frenectomy in Gilbert, AZ?
You probably don’t even notice your frenum, until they become a problem. Most of our patients are tongue-tie infants who are struggling to eat properly. But we also see older patients with abnormal frenum that make speaking or other activities difficult.
All of us at Smiles by Hanna are committed to using state-of-the-art technologies, like the WaterLase tool, to make your trip to the dentist more enjoyable. Our laser frenectomy procedure is virtually pain-free and requires no anesthesia.
If you’re in the Gilbert, Chandler, Queen Creek, or Mesa, AZ area, we encourage you to give our office a call today. In just one appointment, we can help fix any tongue-tie or abnormal frenum conditions.