Laser Frenectomy Treatment

What is a frenectomy?

  • The release or revision of a tongue-tie or lip-tie is called a frenectomy. At Twelve Corners Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry our pediatric dentists perform frenectomies using a state of the art carbon dioxide laser.

Benefits of CO2 Laser (vs. Scissors)

  • Little to no bleeding

  • Quicker and less painful healing

  • More precision, allowing for a full release

  • No sedation or general anesthesia needed (note: anxious children may benefit from laughing gas)

  • No sutures needed (note: we will place sutures under the tongue for cooperative older children and teens)

What to expect the day of treatment

  • Consultation with the pediatric dentist, ample time to have questions answered

  • Pre and post-op intraoral photographs

  • Infants are swaddled during treatment

  • Application of numbing jelly 

  • Patient eye protection 

  • Quick treatment time (Laser treatment time typically ranges from 10-15 seconds for a lip-tie and 5-10 seconds for a tongue-tie. Due to laser safety protocols, parents and guardians are asked to wait in the consult room during the procedure)

  • Breastfeeding and bottle feeding infants are encouraged to feed immediately following treatment

  • Hands on demonstration of post-op exercises and stretches (will be done at home for 2-3 weeks)

After the visit

  • Tylenol or Advil dosages will be advised based on your child’s weight to manage discomfort

  • Return to lactation, feeding, speech, bodyworker and/or myofunctional therapist for follow up

  • Note: The specific therapist your infant or child will see pre and post frenectomy varies based on his or her age and individual needs and symptoms.

  • 1 week follow up at Twelve Corners to evaluate healing and effectiveness of stretches and exercises.

Contact our team

  • We are happy to answer any and all questions. Please call our office at 585-244-1177 or you can reach our clinical team directly at twelvecornerstonguetie@gmail.com