Oral surgery can seem intimidating, especially if performed on your little one, but Dr. Gressell and our team offer quick and thorough options for releasing a tongue or lip tie. Luckily, laser dentistry eliminates the need for invasive surgery. We use cutting-edge technology to ensure your frenectomy procedure goes smoothly.

What Is a Frenectomy?

Other terms for frenectomy are frenuloplasty, frenotomy, frenulum surgery, and frenulectomy. A frenectomy is a type of oral surgery recommended for patients with tongue-tie or lip-tie.

During the procedure, Dr. Gressell will use a laser to release the frenum/frenulum, which is a band of connective tissues connecting lips to gums or the tongue with the floor of the mouth. When a frenum is too tight or too short, it can lead to problems with eating, speaking, breathing and tooth concerns.

Little girl getting an oral examination.

How Is a Laser Frenectomy Performed?

The traditional method of releasing a tongue and lip tie involves the surgical removal of the connective tissues using a scalpel. Dr. Gressell now uses laser technology to release the frenulum. Instead of cutting through the soft tissues, the laser vaporizes them through light energy. Many patients prefer laser frenectomy because it’s relatively pain-free with minimal bleeding.

What Are the Benefits of Laser Frenectomy?

With laser frenectomy, the procedure only takes a couple of minutes. Since it’s a minimally invasive procedure that doesn’t require sutures, the chances of bleeding are relatively low. There isn’t a need for sedation or general anesthesia. Studies show that there’s very little chance of re-attachment, and the risk of infection is low.

A laser frenectomy is a simple and straightforward procedure that can be completed in just a few minutes. Contact us today if you have concerns about you or your child needing a frenectomy, we’re happy to schedule you for a consult to further discuss.

Does Your Baby Need a Frenectomy in Gig Harbor?

A laser frenectomy is a simple and straightforward procedure that can be completed in just a few minutes. At Harbor Hill Dentistry and Airway Center, we’ll ensure you are fully informed about the procedure regarding the duration, cost, risks, etc. Contact us today if your child has a tongue or lip tie so we can talk more about laser frenectomy.