Mid-Manhattan Oral Surgery and Hoboken Oral Surgeons offer laser frenectomies in New York City and Hoboken, NJ. To schedule an appointment call 212-696-2677 (Manhattan) or 201-659-6999 (Hoboken).
Although it sounds intimidating, a laser frenectomy is a simple procedure to correct tongue ties. Here is what you should know.
What Is a Tongue Tie?
Everyone has frenum, or small folds of tissue that connect our tongues to our mouths. In some people, though, the frenum is too tight or misplaced. If it’s the frenum under your tongue, this is known as a tongue tie. Infants with tongue tie may have trouble breastfeeding. As the child grows, there can be difficulty eating, problems with speech and dental health can suffer.
People with an uncorrected tongue tie may experience some or all of the following symptoms:
- In infants, the inability to latch, leading to weight loss and painful nursing
- Difficulty with eating or speaking
- Clicking sounds or pain in the jaw
- Inflamed gums
- Dental decay
What Is a Laser Frenectomy?
A traditional frenectomy is performed by cutting or removing the abnormal frenum tissue with a scalpel. Laser frenectomy has rendered this once-invasive procedure quick and painless.
Most dental procedures cause pain due to heat and pressure from dental instruments. Laser technology uses concentrated light to cut and instantly cauterize the tissue. A laser frenectomy:
- Lasts only a few minutes
- Is virtually pain-free
- Has a very low risk of infection
- Very little to no bleeding
- Needs no stitches
- Heals quickly with a simple recovery
Note About Anesthesia
You will have the option to have your procedure performed with local anesthesia, where we
thoroughly numb the area. Or you may choose to have your procedure performed with IV sedation anesthesia and local anesthesia. The primary difference, is that with IV sedation you are safely asleep for the local anesthesia injections and the procedure.
If you or your child need a laser frenectomy and are in Manhattan or Hoboken, we invite you to schedule a consultation. Call our office at 212-696-2677 (Manhattan) or 201-659-6999 (Hoboken) today.