Laser Tongue-Tie Release
Proudly serving Charlottesville, VA and surrounding areas
If a tongue-tie is interfering with your child's health and quality of life, Top Tooth Pediatric and Teen Dentistry is here to help. We're excited to introduce the DEKA CO2 laser, a gentle alternative to traditional tongue-tie releases. The quick and virtually painless procedure will improve the range of motion and help your child thrive!
What Is a Tongue-Tie?
A tongue-tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a common condition present at birth that occurs when the tissue under the tongue called the lingual frenum is too short, thick, or tight, restricting the tongue's range of motion.
A tongue-tie prevents the tongue from moving correctly, leading to a host of complications. These include breastfeeding difficulties, trouble eating and swallowing, speech impediments, sleep disorders, poor oral health, gum recession, a compromised airway, and so much more!
Will Your Child Need a Tongue-Tie Release?
Tongue-ties do not always cause problems, so not every infant or child with one will require surgical intervention. If, however, a tongue-tie is impacting your child's health and quality of life, the simple procedure will provide the needed relief.
Laser Tongue-Tie Release: An Overview
At Top Tooth Pediatric and Teen Dentistry, our young patients' comfort and wellbeing are always our top priorities. That's why we invest in the latest technology, including our DEKA CO2 Laser. Compared to traditional surgical procedures, dental lasers reduce pain, swelling, bleeding, and the risk of infection.
Releasing the tongue-tie with the DEKA CO2 laser is a quick and painless procedure with minimal to no bleeding. The laser decontaminates the area, leading to less swelling and usually eliminating the need for sutures. Releasing the tissue from under the tongue will leave your child with a better range of motion.
Why Choose the DEKA CO2 Laser?
The DEKA CO2 laser is contactless, unlike surgical methods requiring incisions. It is gentle on the body as it does not generate heat or damage the surrounding tissues. That translates to a more comfortable treatment experience and faster healing time. Moreover, the laser essentially sterilizes the wound, leading to less risk of infection.
Our DEKA CO2 laser performs a wide range of procedures, including frenectomies, biopsies, ulcer pain relief, and gingivectomies, and more. It provides us with a gentle alternative to traditional soft tissue surgeries.
Promoting Healing After a Tongue-Tie Laser Surgery
We'll provide you with post-operative care instructions to ensure the procedure's success. Make sure you perform stretching exercises several times a day for about four weeks after treatment to prevent the tissue from reattaching and restricting the tongue's range of movement once again. We'll demonstrate these stretches and answer all your questions. If you have any concerns at any time, please don't hesitate to contact our office.
Laser Tongue-Tie Release Near Me
Visit Top Tooth Pediatric + Teen Dentistry in Charlottesville, VA, to learn more about our gentle laser tongue-tie releases. Our team is committed to ensuring our littlest patients receive the highest quality of care. Call us at (434) 817-KIDS and schedule your child's dental cleaning today!