Laser Frenectomy in Dumont, NJ

Does your child need a laser frenectomy, tongue tie, lip tie, or cheek tie in Dumont, NJ? 

Tongue ties, lip ties, and cheek ties are also known as tethered oral tissues (TOTS). These ties are caused by a frenum, a fibrous tissue that connects and holds other tissues in place. Sometimes a frenum might be too short, thick, or tight and might extend too far down along the tongue, gum, palate, or cheeks, resulting in a tongue tie, lip tie, or cheek tie. When a frenum is positioned to interfere with normal function or constrict the movement of the tongue, lips, or cheeks, it can be corrected by an oral surgery called a frenectomy.

Our treatment philosophy is symptom-driven at East Madison Dental. This means our Dumont, NJ dental team will only perform a frenectomy if our dentists detect an impediment to tongue function. At your consultation, we'll asses your unique situation to determine the best treatment plan for you! 

Tongue Ties

child smiling wide while visiting the dentistTongue-tie is caused by a lingual frenulum (the membrane under the tongue) that is either too short or too thick. For a newborn, a tongue-tie can make breastfeeding difficult for the infant and painful for the mother because the lip’s or tongue’s limited movement prevents the infant from properly latching on.

An infant experiencing tongue tie may have symptoms like:

  • Poor latch on breast or bottle
  • Falling asleep while feeding
  • Slides off the nipple when feeding
  • Cries often / fussy feeder
  • Reflux, spitting up
  • Poor weight gain
  • Frequent feedings or lengthy feedings
  • Frustration when feeding

Toddlers, children and adults with a tongue tie may experience symptoms like:

  • Difficulty eating solid foods (comes across as a fussy eater)
  • Speech difficulties
  • High vaulted palate
  • Orthodontic constriction
  • Gum recession
  • Sleep apnea
  • Mouth breathing
  • Possible link of ADD/ADHD due to airway obstruction
  • Posture problems
  • Headaches or neck and shoulder aches

Lip Ties

young girl getting a dental checkup at East Madison Dental DumontBabies with lip ties often have difficulty flanging their lips properly to feed and don’t make a good seal at the breast when latching. Lip ties can cause them to take in excess air during breastfeeding, making these babies gassy and fussy. If left untreated, it can eventually impair the child’s proper tooth alignment or increase the risk of tooth decay.

Symptoms of lip ties in young patients include: 

  • Leakage of milk around the mouth when feeding
  • Gassy
  • Colicky
  • Spitting Up
  • Poor flanging of lip
  • Poor seal while feeding 

Cheek Ties

Cheek ties connect the cheek to the bony ridge on the upper jaw. When the tissue impedes the normal function of the cheek to generate suction or effect the seal around the nipple, we may release the cheek ties.

Laser Frenectomy

East Madison Dental in Dumont offers laser frenectomies, using a laser to detach the frenulum from the lips, tongue, and/or cheeks. Frenectomies may be done with a simple topical anesthetic or local injection. Sedation is unnecessary, and the fast, non-invasive procedure is completed in less than 5-6 minutes at our dental office in Dumont, NJ.

The benefits of using a laser for the frenectomy include reduced scarring, less bleeding, less postoperative pain, shorter healing time, less risk of reattachment, and fewer functional complications.

Frenectomy Healing and Recovery

young child receiving dental care at East Madison Dental DumontThe mouth heals very quickly, and bleeding after a frenectomy is usually minimal. After undergoing frenectomy procedure at East Madison Dental, it is important to stretch and massage the tongue at least three times a day for three weeks to prevent the tongue from reattaching as it heals. We discourage the usage of a pacifier.

Most babies experience minimal discomfort after the procedure, and breastfeeding provides natural pain relief. Please speak with your pediatrician if you have questions about proper medication.

Schedule Your Consultation

Is it time to schedule a gentle laser frenectomy for a tongue tie, lip tie, or cheek tie? Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our surgical team. You and your child will be comfortable and cared for every step of the way! 

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