What is a Frenectomy/Frenulectomy (Lip tie or Tongue Tie)?
Surgically releasing the frenum is called frenectomy. Conventional treatment involved a procedure where the frenum was cut with a blade or scissors, with or without sutures to reposition its attachment. Today, and in our office, we employ a procedure called “laser frenectomy” in which the Waterlase is used to release the frenum with laser pulses without even touching it, gently severing it from its attachment.
A few drops of anesthetic makes the area numb enough so even a 6-year old can tolerate it. Healing time is reduced drastically, as the Waterlase does not create tissue trauma or charring, as some older lasers did. The actual procedure takes 3-5 minutes, and full healing with new skin is evident within 10 days. Post-operative discomfort is less than one might think. The area feels sore for 2-3 days, but the child will be able to eat and function normally.
Why Choose Dr. Tanios-Rafla for Your Child’s Lip Tie Procedure?
Finding the right dentist in the New Jersey area for this procedure is certainly no simple task. It’s important to do your research, talk to friends and consider your options. However, when it comes to choosing a Laser Frenectomy specialist who can help you and your child, the choice is clear: Dr. Gina Tanios-Rafla’s office is a place where advanced technologies are used to provide exceptional patient care.
Once you meet any one of our team members here, you’ll know you’ve found the right place.