What is a frenectomy?
When there is lip and/or tongue-tie it will need to be released to provide free movement of the child’s lip and tongue. Frenectomy (tongue or lip tie release) is a simple procedure with minimal complications when using a laser with good techniques.
Why would your infant or child need a Frenectomy?
Your child’s ability to breastfeed, speak, and eat solid foods can all be impaired by a lip and /or tongue-tie. Many babies and children suffer from the inability to nurse, eat, speak, or breathe properly due to a tongue and/or lip restriction. Dr Abraham has the training and skills to diagnose and treat this problem to ensure your child’s long-term well-being. A frenectomy can be performed right in our office using lightscalpel laser and is less invasive than you might think. It can be performed on both infants as well as children.
What is lightscalpel laser?
The LightScalpel CO2 laser is a device that produces a concentrated beam of light. The highly focused CO2 laser beam vaporizes, cleanly and precisely, while sealing blood vessels at the same time.
What is laser surgery? How does it work?
Traditional surgery with a scalpel or scissors can bruise or crush tissue. When we use the LightScalpel CO2 laser, only an intense beam of laser light interacts with the tissue. There is no mechanical trauma to the tissue and the coagulation zone is very narrow (as little as 50 microns – almost the width of a human hair).
The CO2 laser has the unique ability to vaporize or ‘erase’ tissue. The CO2 laser can be used to make incisions, as well as to remove unhealthy tissue. Our laser is so precise that it can selectively remove only a few cells at a time if needed.
If you think your child may benefit from a laser frenectomy or you want to know more about this procedure, call our office and we will be more than happy to further assist you.