Infant Laser Frenectomy

Infant Laser Frenectomy

What is a Frenectomy?

A frenum is a muscular stretch of tissue that connects and holds other tissues in place. Occasionally a frenum might be exceptionally short, thick, or tight, or may extend too far down along the tongue or the gum and results in lip tie or tongue tie. When a frenum is positioned in such a way as to interfere with the normal alignment of teeth, speech or constricts the movement of the tongue or lips, it can be corrected by a surgery called a frenectomy.

An alternative to the traditional treatment.

Lip tie and tongue tie can be corrected by a procedure called frenectomy. Typically, this procedure is performed with a scalpel and sutures in a hospital setting. However, Dr. Saadia Mohammed offers an alternative to the traditional treatment, using the most advanced technology available: Laser Frenectomy using the Waterlase iPlus laser.

A superior approach to frenectomy.

Our approach promotes healing and reduces post-surgical discomfort, eliminates the need for sutures in most patients, minimizes bleeding and eliminates the need for sedation for a newborn.

“At Palm Beach Pediatric Dentistry, it’s all about the kids. Here, they are the clients and they’re treated with dignity and respect. Dr. Saadia lights up when she sees her patients and we always feel welcome and wanted.”

Ann Marie, Mother of Samantha, 12; and Jacob, 13

How do I know if my infant has a tongue tie?

The correct position to examine a baby for lip and tongue tie is to place the baby in the mother or caregiver’s lap and using the knee to knee or lap to lap position, examine the baby while facing the same direction as the examiner. Using an index finger, examine the latch. Using the sweep method around the mouth and under the tongue, feel for any tightness in mucosa and or tethered issue. Evaluate mother and child for any signs and symptoms resulting from the tongue or lip tie.