Toddler and Childrens Frenectomy
How are Tongue-Ties and Lip-Ties treated today?
Thanks to the great advances in laser technology, most technologically-savvy and up-to-date healthcare providers are educated on the laser’s properties and know why they are highly favorable in soft tissue procedures. The lasers ability to coagulate as it releases tissue allows better healing of the surgical site. Lasers virtually eliminate the need for scalpel or sutures, in most frenectomy cases.
We work hard to make sure children are comfortable in the dental chair before deciding to move forward with any treatment. This way, your child can sit comfortably while watching their favorite tv show or movie throughout the procedure. In some cases, if your child is managing other medical conditions or dental anxiety, we may discuss other options such as Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) or other forms of sedation to make sure your child is not only comfortable, but safe while receiving the best quality of treatment. We will work with you as a team to make the best decision for your child.
Team approach for long-term success
Children experience maximum benefits when a frenectomy is combined with guidance from a knowledgeable provider and support system. Children that are managing speech or feeding difficulties benefit from having a Feeding Therapist or Speech Therapist to help them learn how to use their new mobility effectively. This is important in developing muscle memory, tone and stamina. They can help you tease out any other factors that may be interfering with your child’s ability to eat or speak adequately before and after a procedure.