The laser uses water and concentrated light beams to remove or shape oral tissue, including gums, teeth and bone. Benefits include reduced need for local anesthesia, minimized bleeding and swelling and reduced post operative discomfort.
The laser can be used on primary (baby) teeth to remove decay. In combination with the nitrous oxide majority of the time we will not have to use local anesthetic to numb the area completely.
This procedure is used to surgically remove your child’s frenum, a small piece of tissue that connects the lip to the gum which can be referred to as a lip tie or the tongue to the floor of the mouth which can be known as a tongue tie. The laser is used to cut with great precision and also anesthetizes and sterilizes the area which minimizes the chance of infection or bleeding. If your infants is experiencing difficulty breast feeding this may be an indication a lip or tongue tie is present. Symptoms may include poor latch, sliding off nipple or falls asleep while attempting to latch, colic or reflux symptoms, and poor weight gain. Older Children can also be treated if they are having speech problems, have a narrow upper jaw arch, tongue thrusting or have any indication of a diastema (a gap between the front teeth). If treatment is necessary stretching is required at minimum 5 times a day for 3-4 weeks. This will help the treated tissue not re- attach. Having this procedure done does not guaranteed correction of your child condition, without stretching the tissue reattachment of the tie will occur.
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