Dental lasers are a gentle, less invasive way to effectively and safely remove soft tissue, most often gum tissue and muscle attachment points. Used in a variety of procedures, dental lasers offer precise treatment that is more comfortable and faster than traditional dental methods. For children, this means far less fear and anxiety and an overall better treatment experience.
Laser therapy provides the following advantages:
- Minimal Bleeding: As the dental laser vaporizes the tissue, the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, which reduces blood loss.
- Reduced Swelling and Discomfort: The dental laser seals the tissue, reducing the swelling and discomfort associated with traditional scalpel surgery. It also reduces the need for stitches.
- Less Risk of Infection: The sanitizing effect of the laser reduces the risk of infection, which results in faster healing.
Laser Treatment of Tongue- and Lip-Tie
Tongue-tie is a developmental abnormality of the tongue, which occurs when the lingual frenulum is too short, causing limited tongue movement. Lip-tie occurs when the upper lip is attached to the gum tissue above the front teeth. Both conditions have been associated with breastfeeding problems among newborns, as the defect may cause poor latch, inadequate feeding, and maternal nipple pain. Poor tongue mobility, speech, and gingival recession have also been related to tongue- and lip-tie.
Laser treatment of tongue- and lip-tie for infants is a procedure called a frenectomy. Treatment with a laser will not require stitches and only a minimal amount of topical and local anesthetic may be necessary.