Laser Frenectomy Service

Does your child have a tongue tie or lip tie? According to the latest research tongue and lip tie conditions can cause development and health issues, including:

  • Poor feeding in newborns
  • Eating difficulties in young childhood
  • Digestive problems
  • Poor facial and jaw development
  • Malocclusion or an improper bite
  • Speech issues
  • Mouth-breathing
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (especially in the case of tongue-tie)

If your child has a tongue or lip tie, they may benefit from a frenectomy procedure.

What is a Frenectomy?

A frenulectomy or frenectomy is a surgical procedure where one or both frena are removed from the mouth. A frena is the connective tissue that connects one surface to another. There are three main types of frena in the mouth:

  • Lingual frenum: the thin vertical band that serves as the connection between the tongue and the bottom of the mouth.
  • Labial frenum: the connective webbing that attaches the gum above the front two teeth and the gum below the bottom two front teeth to the upper and lower lips.
  • Buccal frenum: thin strands of tissue that serve as the connections between the gums and the inside of the cheeks.

Pediatricians, lactation consultants, and parents turn to Families First Pediatric Dentistry as a trusted source for laser lip and tongue tie procedures. As the most experienced laser frenectomy pediatric dentist in Salt Lake County, we are recommended across the state as an expert in safe frenulum laser procedures.

Our practice invests in only the best equipment for our patients with a CO2 laser from LightScalpel. Unlike a diode laser which ‘burns’ the soft tissue away, the LightScalpel CO2 laser ‘vaporizes’ the tissue. This procedure is laser-focused and gentle, not causing damage to surrounding tissue. There is less discomfort is felt during the healing process by the child when the LightScalpel CO2 laser is used.

Complications are greatly reduced with the CO2 laser as it cauterizes or seals the wound resulting in little to no bleeding. Furthermore, the CO2 laser ‘disinfects the wound as the work is being done, dramatically reducing the risk of infection.