A frenectomy is a fairly common procedure that involves releasing excess pressure on the frenum (the flap of connective skin located beneath the upper lip or tongue). The procedure is most frequently performed on children by a pediatric dentist and is sometimes recommended when the frenulum are too tight and restricting range of motion. When frenulum are restrictive, they can cause tongue-tie or lip-tie. These conditions can lead to digestive issues, dental spacing problems or decay, difficulty breastfeeding, and speech or airway difficulties. A simple procedure called a laser frenectomy can generally correct these issues.
How Does Laser Frenectomy Differ From Traditional Frenectomy?
During a traditional frenectomy, the tight frenum is cut with a special pair of dental scissors. It is a quick process, but usually requires a local anesthetic to be injected for pain control purposes. A laser frenectomy, on the other hand, can often be done without local anesthetic because it causes minimal procedural pain. Here are a few additional benefits of laser frenectomies:
Lasers also offer a level of precision that is unmatched by traditional dental tools. They are more effective than traditional tools at removing the entire upper or lower frenum.
Schedule an Appointment
Is your child suffering from the negative effects of restrictive frenulum? If so, relief may be easier to acquire than you realize. To schedule your laser frenectomy consultation with an experienced pediatric dentist, call Polaris Dental Specialists today.