Laser Tongue-tie Surgery vs. Traditional Surgery
Tongue-tie can interfere with proper breastfeeding and can cause problems further down the road with eating solid foods, swallowing, and speaking.
The good news is that this condition can be corrected through simple outpatient surgery with minimal pain to your baby.
At Kingma Pediatric Dentistry, we always keep on top of the latest technologies in dentistry to give our patients the best experience possible. Read on to see how your baby can benefit from laser Tongue-tie surgery over traditional surgery.
Shorter Treatment Time
Laser Tongue-tie surgery is performed right in our Grand Rapids office, by Dr. Brett Kingma. It can be done as an outpatient procedure and usually takes only 2-3 minutes. Since the procedure is quick, it is less traumatizing to your baby than a more involved surgical procedure. Also, laser surgery eliminates the need for general anesthesia or sedation which is not only less time consuming, but safer for your child.
There is minimal to no bleeding when you choose laser tongue-tie surgery. Our laser technique effectively burns the membrane connecting the tongue to the gum line. This may sound scary, but in reality this technique is much less painful and more accurate than traditional surgery methods involving scissors. Lasers are also minimally invasive, which is great for babies and small children who may not understand why they are having the procedures.
While this procedure is still somewhat painful, it is less traumatic to the child than traditional surgery with scissors. With laser treatment, the pain tends to be delayed compared to the immediate pain of scissors. This makes the treatment more manageable for babies and small children.
Shorter Recovery Period
Since we don’t have to put your child under for general anesthesia or sedation, the recovery time is much shorter than that of traditional surgery. This also makes the procedure safer for your baby. At Kingma Pediatric Dentistry, we care about the wellbeing of our patients which is why we always discuss the risks of any procedure with you before undergoing treatment.
Less Chance For Reattachment
After your child goes through a laser tongue-tie surgery, you want to know that the effects will last for a lifetime. As a parent, make sure to stretch your child’s tongue as directed by your dental professional to prevent reattachment after the procedure. Dr. Kingma will educate you on this. Since laser tongue-tie surgery is very accurate at removing the membrane restricting the tongue, there is minimal chance for reattachment.
When seeking laser tongue-tie surgery, it is of outmost importance that you select a specialist who has the necessary training and experience in laser techniques for Tongue-tie. A generalist dentist who just happens to own a laser is not a suitable option and should not be trusted for your child’s treatment.
If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brett Kingma to better determine if a tongue tie surgery would benefit your child, please feel free to call our Grand Rapids office. At Kingma Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to provide the best pediatric dental care.