Benefits of Using a Laser for Frenectomy or Newborn Baby Tongue-Tie

Grand Rapids Pediatric Dentist

Are you having difficulty with breastfeeding? Has your pediatrician or lactation consultant said your baby has a possible tongue-tie or lip-tie? You may benefit from a consultation with Dr. Brett Kingma to asses the need for a frenectomy on your baby.

A frenum (i.e. frenulum) is a band of tissue that attaches the upper lip to the gums and the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Sometimes the frenum is too thick or too long, which can prevent proper movement of the upper lip and/or tongue, thus causing difficulties with latching and breastfeeding. A frenectomy is a procedure that revises the frenum to increase the movement of the upper lip and/or tongue.

Not every baby needs both the lip and tongue revised. Often times only the tongue is tied but not the upper lip. Dr. Kingma will do a full evaluation of your baby to assess the anatomy, function, appearance, and movement of the tongue and lip and discuss treatment options, pros and cons, and determine together with you if a frenectomy would be beneficial. Although results are never guaranteed, most infants are able to feed with significant improvement immediately. Dr. Brett always recommends you and your infant return to your lactation consultant, or begin to see one, after treatment to help ensure feeding is going as well as it can, or if other therapies are needed.

Dr. Brett Kingma is highly trained and certified in laser dentistry through the World Clinical Laser Institute (WCLI), the world’s leader in dental laser education. He received this training during his pediatric dental residency at Children’s Hospital Colorado, which is currently the only pediatric dental residency in the country to certify its residents in laser dentistry.

Some of the benefits of using a laser for a frenectomy, versus other methods, include:

  • Short treatment time (usually 1-2 minutes)
  • No bleeding
  • No need for sutures
  • No need for general anesthesia or sedation
  • Rapid healing and recovery
  • Minimal pain or discomfort
  • Minimal chance for re-attachment
  • Minimally invasive
  • Feeding can be, and is encouraged to be, attempted immediately after the procedure

The treatment is completed in our office. We follow all the safety precautions, ensuring that your baby is very safe and receives the best treatment.

Call today to schedule a consultation today with our Michigan laser tongue tie specialist, Dr. Kigma.  We are always willing and able to provide the treatment the same day as the consultation, if you so decide. We here at Kingma Pediatric Dentistry are thrilled to be able to provide this service to Grand Rapids and the entire West Michigan community!