Laser Frenectomy Treatment for Children and Adults
Tongue-and lip-ties happen when the frenulum, a small piece of tissue that connects the upper lip or tongue to the mouth, is too short or tight. A lingual frenulum (tongue-tie) is common in over 4 percent of newborns. This connective tissue can be removed through a procedure known as a frenectomy, which frees the lip or tongue from being held too tightly. We offer minimally invasive frenectomy treatment with our diode laser. Laser frenectomies can remove a tight frenulum with minimal bleeding and a quicker healing time as compared to traditional methods, which use blades and sutures.
Common Problems Caused by a Tight Frenulum
- Gum recession above front teeth
- Spacing between front teeth
- Unable to properly close the mouth
- Mouth-breathing while sleeping
- Difficulty with speech
- Problems eating or swallowing
- Inability to properly wear dentures
Enjoy an Improved Quality of Life after a Frenectomy
We utilize state-of-the-art soft-tissue lasers during frenectomy procedures. This results in relatively painless surgeries that often take less than an hour to perform. For those with a gap between their front teeth caused by a lip frenulum, a frenectomy is usually required before orthodontics can be performed to close this space. After treatment, patients can expect better results with orthodontics, proper breathing through the nose at night, improved speech and reduced oral discomfort.
Laser Frenectomies are Minimally Invasive and Virtually Pain Free
Dr. Brian Francis focuses on minimally invasive dentistry and proudly offers gentle laser frenectomy treatment. Many patients unnecessarily get referrals to doctors over four hours away for frenectomy treatment, but we are likely just around the corner from you! We appreciate our patients and treat everyone like family in order to give you the excellent care you deserve.