A frenectomy is a procedure used to correct a congenital condition in which the labial (upper lip) or lingual (tongue) frenulum is restricting normal movement and can cause significant difficulty with breastfeeding in infants.
A frenectomy may also be recommended as limited movement of the tongue or lip can lead to other health problems such as dental decay, abnormal spacing of teeth, speech difficulties and digestive issues. These issues can generally be corrected by a simple procedure done with our soft tissue laser technology.
Tongue Tie Surgery for Infants and Babies
There are different ways to preform a frenectomy, typically ranging from scissors to scalpels. At Growing Smiles in Floral Vale, we are the only office in Bucks County that uses a CO2 laser, a cold, non-touch laser. Our soft tissue laser does not cut tissue, rather it “vaporizes” the tissue with light energy. The laser frenectomy for babies and infants helps seal the blood vessels as it works, so there is no bleeding or stitches needed. Additionally, the laser sterilizes the wound and surrounding tissue, reducing the risk for infection.