Do you have a child with a tongue or lip tie? Montgomery Pediatric Dentistry offers laser Frenectomy in Princeton NJ, to correct this condition. Frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure that can help improve your child's quality of life by enhancing their breastfeeding ability and preventing future dental, digestive, and speech problems.
You can trust our experienced team of pediatric dentists to perform this surgery in a safe and comfortable environment for your child. We want what's best for them, including correcting congenital conditions that may be limiting their oral function.
What is a Frenectomy?
Laser frenectomy surgery is an increasingly popular treatment option for various mouth and throat conditions. It is a type of laser surgery used to remove tissue in the mouth. Laser frenectomy surgery can treat multiple conditions, including gum disease, mouth sores, cleft palate, and lip tie or tongue tie.
At Montgomery Pediatric Dentistry, we commonly treat children for the condition known as lip tie or tongue tie. We use the latest and greatest dental technology to maximize your child's comfort, including a LightScalpel CO2 Laser.
What Causes Lip Tie or Tongue Tie?
Lip ties and tongue ties are congenital conditions, meaning they are present at birth. They occur when the thin strip of tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth or the lip to the gums is too thick. This tissue can restrict tongue or lip movement and cause problems with eating, drinking, speaking, and oral hygiene.
Lip and tongue ties are often diagnosed in infancy but can go undetected into childhood. If you suspect your child may have a lip or tongue tie, bring it up at your next dental appointment.
Is a Frenectomy Painful?
Laser frenectomy surgery is usually painless and requires no stitches. The laser cauterizes blood vessels, which reduces bleeding and pain. Laser frenectomy surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis, meaning your child will not need to stay overnight in the hospital. The procedure usually takes less than an hour to complete. Recovery from laser frenectomy surgery is typically quick and easy, with most people resuming their normal activities within a few days.
What are the Benefits of Laser Frenectomy Surgery?
Laser frenectomy surgery can offer many benefits, including:
- Improved breastfeeding for infants with tongue tie
- Reduced risks of cavities and gum disease
- Improved speech development
- Easier time eating and drinking
- Improved oral hygiene
Laser Frenectomy surgery can also help prevent dental problems like misaligned teeth.
How Much Does a Frenectomy Cost?
The cost of laser frenectomy surgery will vary depending on your insurance coverage and the severity of your condition. Many insurance plans cover laser frenectomy surgery, particularly for tongue-tied infants.
At Montgomery Pediatric Dentistry, we offer a free consultation to discuss treatment options for your child. We will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your budget and meets your child's needs.
At What Age Should a Frenectomy Be Done?
We typically recommend a laser frenectomy when a child has difficulty breastfeeding, has dental problems, or experiences speech impediments. We usually perform frenectomies on infants and young children, but they can be done at any age. The decision to have laser frenectomy surgery is ultimately up to you and your doctor. Talk to us if you think your child may benefit from laser frenectomy surgery.
Laser Frenectomy in Princeton NJ
Keeping your child current on their dental appointments has many benefits. It helps keep them in optimal oral health and can help encourage your child to practice excellent dental hygienic habits, which will go a long way toward a lifetime of perfect health. And at Montgomery Pediatric Dentistry, we can spot issues that may have been otherwise overlooked, for example, lip tie or tongue tie.
If you are considering laser frenectomy surgery, talk to Dr. Christina Ciano, Dr. Geena Russo, or Dr. Dinah Jammal. We can help you determine whether a frenectomy is suitable for your child.