Dr. Miller provides convenient and effective treatment for tongue ties in Winter Park, FL. Children with a tongue tie or lip tie often suffer from a range of symptoms that can impede their overall development. If you have concerns about your infant or growing child’s development or have been told that they have a tongue tie or lip tie, schedule a visit with Dr. Miller in our Winter Park pediatric dentist office. A laser frenectomy can be performed in our office with minimal to no discomfort and no post-treatment downtime.
Common Signs of a Tongue Tie
Present from birth, a tongue tie can often be the underlying cause of failure to thrive in infants. Left untreated, children can exhibit signs of difficulty with eating, speaking clearly, and even sleep problems. Common signs can include:
- Difficulty nursing in infants
- Slow weight gain
- Difficulty or inability to latch on for nursing infants
- Leaking milk from the mouth when feeding
- Speech development concerns in growing children
- Strong gag reflex
- Gassy or colicky baby
Dr. Miller will perform an oral exam to identify a tongue tie and will discuss the laser treatment process if it is considered necessary.
Laser Frenectomy: what to expect
The procedure for a laser frenectomy is relatively simple, quick, and painless. In most cases, your young child or infant can remain in your lap during the treatment for a calm, relaxed experience. The soft tissue laser we use will simultaneously “vaporize” the unnecessary tissue, cauterize the vessels and sterilize to minimize the chance of infection.
After gently cleaning the area, Dr. Miller will use the handheld laser wand to quickly remove the tongue or lip tie. This will be completed in less than a minute, after which we will apply a topical ointment for comfort and to minimize any minor bleeding at the site. We will recommend any post-treatment care and exercises to ensure a complete and easy recovery.
Laser Frenectomy FAQs
A laser frenectomy can allow an infant or young child to grow and develop normally with the ability to enjoy a varied diet and speak with clarity and confidence. If you have additional questions regarding tongue ties please feel free to contact our office and schedule a visit or discuss your concerns at your child’s next dental care appointment.
Does a laser frenectomy require anesthesia?
No, we typically do not use any type of anesthesia when performing a laser frenectomy. The laser does not cause discomfort, even in young children.
Can the frenulum reattach after a frenectomy?
It is possible for the healing tissue to reattach in the first week or two after a frenectomy. We often prescribe specific exercises to minimize the risk of this happening. Dr. Miller will also schedule a follow-up visit to look for any signs of reattachment.
Can I breastfeed after a frenectomy?
Most infants can breastfeed or bottle feed right after the procedure or as needed that day.