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Laser Frenectomy: What To Expect, What To Ask Your Dentist? Written By: Dr. Ankita Shah, Feb 2020

Laser Frenectomy

Mum's are often confused with "Should I go with a provider who can perform a laser frenectomy or are scissors okay?"

It is an understandable question but the more relevant and important questions are:

How experienced and trained is my provider?

How does a tongue tie inhibit proper breastfeeding?

What is the proper way to actively manage the post-op care?

I recommend you give it a read in our Blogs and FAQ’s section to further educate yourself!

Dr. Ankita Shah
Dr. Shah is
Laser Certified
by Global Laser Oral Health,
(GLOH), LLC to perform laser
frenectomies.

Dr. Ankita Shah

WHICH FRENECTOMY TOOL IS BETTER/SAFER: LASERS OR SCISSORS?

The provider should be skilled and trained. BOTH instruments have proven to be successful in long-term treatment. My opinion is that a laser yields a more precise and complete result than scissors when treating an infant. Laser treatment limits the amount of bleeding as it cauterizes the tissues within your child’s mouth, minimizing risk of infection.

HOW DOES THE PROCEDURE WORK?

The pen-sized laser is used to remove the tight tongue/lip tie. The infant is swaddled and the procedure is completed in just a few minutes.

DOES IT HURT?

I apply an effective topical anesthetic gel on the frenulum prior to treatment, allowing for zero to minimal discomfort during the procedure. The anesthetic lasts for approximately 30 minutes.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

Breastfeeding is encouraged immediately following the procedure, however typically there is a healing period that your infant must undergo before the full benefits are realized. I teach each mother proper active wound management and daily stretching exercises in order to facilitate healing. I cannot stress enough the importance of interdisciplinary approach and continued lactation support following the frenectomy procedure. Post-treatment follow up is just as important as pre-treatment care. I send a detailed report of my assessment and/or procedure to the bodyworker and lactation consultant and stay up to date with the baby's progress.

Don’t hesitate to take action in order to improve your baby’s breastfeeding! Schedule a consultation with us and I'd be happy to examine your baby to determine if a laser frenectomy is recommended. I will also review with you in more details about what to expect during and after the procedure.