Some children are born with lip or tongue ties that make it difficult to move the lips and tongue with a full range of motion. Here at Sycamore Dental, we offer painless laser frenectomy procedures to quickly correct lip and tongue ties without causing your baby any pain or discomfort at all.
A tongue tie, known as ankyloglossia, is caused by a very short frenulum, the tissue that attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Infants and children with tongue tie can’t move their tongue fully, leading to many challenges:
- Difficulty breastfeeding
- Obstruction in speech development
- Increased risk of tooth decay and dental problems
A lip tie is similar in nature; the upper lip remains attached to the upper gum, rather than separating. This also leads to challenges from the time of birth, including:
- Trouble latching during breastfeeding
- Pain for mothers during breastfeeding
- Trauma in the mouth
If your infant shows signs of lip tie or tongue tie, like weight loss, irritability, lip blisters, gastrointestinal distress, and frequent feedings, it’s important to contact a pediatric dentist at Sycamore Dentist. We specialize in the painless laser treatment needed to overcome lip tie and tongue tie before the conditions cause additional complications.
How is Laser Frenectomy Performed?
Laser frenectomy treats the oral tissue called frenulum that connects the lips to the gum and the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Using safe laser technology, your dentist can loosen or remove the frenulums causing your child’s tongue tie or lip tie. Our precise Solea laser carefully pinpoints the area of treatment and gently treats the frenulum without altering or harming any surrounding tissue.
In fact, Solea laser treatment is so fast and efficient that it only takes a few minutes and doesn’t require any incisions or stitches. It’s painless for your baby as well, with no bleeding or other side effects to worry about.
If you suspect that your child is suffering from the effects of lip tie or tongue tie, call our office in Vista, CA immediately. Babies usually don’t visit the dentist until their first birthday, but the sooner your infant can undergo laser frenectomy and regain total movement of his mouth, the better. Treating these conditions early in life can prevent future complications and help your baby stay happy and healthy.
How Does the Solea Laser Work?
Solea uses an isotopic CO2 laser that operates at a wavelength at 9.3 microns. This means that the Solea laser can deliver results faster than more other standard dental lasers. It produces a narrow, intense beam of light energy that carefully removes or reshapes the gum tissue it touches.
Solea makes dental treatments and procedures so easy that, in most cases, anesthesia isn’t even necessary. This improves your experience as a patient, reduces the treatment and recovery time required, and achieves brilliant results without uncomfortable noises or sensations.