WHAT IS AN INFANT LASER FRENECTOMY?

An Infant Frenectomy is a surgery performed on infants that releases either the upper or lower lip tie. This procedure removes the frenum (soft tissue connecting the gum) and allows for a range of benefits to your infant. This oral laser surgery is performed after assessment of the infant and is quick with minimal recovery time.

LIP TIE RELEASE (LABIAL FRENECTOMY)

The labial frenum is the soft tissue that connects the gum and the two front teeth near the upper lip. If the frenum is located too low in the soft tissue of the gum, a large gap can form between the two front teeth. This can also cause recession of the gums by lifting the gums away from the jawbone. Having a labial frenectomy can:

  • Help reduce pain and discomfort in infants.
  • Improve bite function and comfortability.
  • Help prevent gaps between the front teeth in later years.

WHAT IS AN INFANT LASER FRENECTOMY?

The labial frenum is the soft tissue that connects the gum and the two front teeth near the upper lip. If the frenum is located too low in the soft tissue of the gum, a large gap can form between the two front teeth. This can also cause recession of the gums by lifting the gums away from the jawbone. Having a labial frenectomy can:

  • Improve latching and breastfeeding.
  • Improve bottle-feeding.
  • Help appetite and ease of eating.
  • Aid speech functions.

LIP TIE RELEASE (LINGUAL FRENECTOMY)

The lingual frenum is the soft tissue that connects the floor of the mouth and the underside of the tongue.  If this frenum is located too close to the gum line, it can impair the movement of the tongue. This can restrict the child’s ability to speak properly. Depending on the severity, it may also restrict the infant’s bottle-feeding or ability to latch during breastfeeding. Having a lingual frenectomy can:

  • Improve latching and breastfeeding.
  • Improve bottle-feeding.
  • Help appetite and ease of eating.
  • Aid speech functions.

CHEEK TIE RELEASE (BUCCAL TIE)

A buccal frenum is a small band of soft tissue that connects the cheek to the upper or lower gum line. If a buccal tie is abnormally tight, it may be restrictive and cause impaired movement in the mouth. The buccal tie can form at any time and can cause cheek pain and tension between the gums and the cheeks. Having a buccal frenectomy can:

  • Improve latching and breastfeeding.
  • Improve bottle-feeding.
  • Prevent painful or tender cheeks.
  • Improve brushing and flossing ease.

ASSESMENT

Before a laser surgery can be scheduled, there will be an initial assessment of your child’s symptoms. This assessment should be fairly quick and will allow our team to assess the needs of your child. We recommend that the parent who will be responsible for wound management after the procedure attend the initial assessment. Please fill out a contact information form or call us at (509) 483-4060 to schedule an assessment.

WHAT IS A LIGHTSCALPEL CO2 LASER?

The LightScalpel C02 is a device that produces a concentrated beam of light. This focused light laser beam vaporizes precisely and cleanly while sealing blood vessels at the same time. Years of experience in the medical field and oral surgery have played into the design of the LightScalpel C02. This system provides superior care to patients. Our laser has pinpoint precision and can selectively remove only a few cells at a time. At the same time, this laser is powerful enough to de-bulk large tumors.

ADVANTAGES OF LASER FRENECTOMIES:

Using a LightScalpel has many benefits over the more traditional Diode Laser. Where the frenectomy used to take around a minute, the LightScalpel allows the process to take about 20- 30 seconds. Benefits of the LightScalpel include:

As the LightScalpel vaporizes the tissue, it seals small blood vessels, resulting in reduced bleeding. This makes the frenectomy an easy and fast procedure. Under most circumstances, sutures are not required.

The LightScalpel laser beam seals lymphatics, resulting in reduced swelling and discomfort after the operation.

The LightScalpel has a sanitizing effect, minimizing the risk of infection and leading to a faster healing process.

Minimal bleeding, reduced trauma, and less discomfort and swelling means your infant can breastfeed immediately after the procedure.

Reduction in bleeding leads to improved visibility during the procedure. This minimizes the procedure time.

Advancements in laser tools lead to better results. The lightweight ergonomic handpieces and flexible fiber waveguide of the LightScalpel allow for enhanced precision with pinpoint accuracy and excellent reach.

IS THE LIGHTSCALPEL SAFE?

When used according to accepted guidelines by a trained practitioner, the LightScalpel is as safe as other instruments. Special protective glasses will be provided to protect your eyes.

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