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Frenectomy, a procedure involving the removal or modification of the frenulum, is commonly performed to address conditions such as tongue tie or lip tie. Traditionally, surgical methods were employed for frenectomies using a scalpel or surgical scissors, but advancements in dental technology have introduced laser-assisted techniques. Dental laser frenectomies, which we utilize at South Carolina Tongue Tie Center, offer the following advantages over traditional surgical procedures.

Minimally Invasive

Dental laser frenectomies are inherently minimally invasive compared to traditional surgical methods. The laser allows for precise tissue removal without the need for incisions or sutures. This minimizes trauma to the surrounding tissues, reduces bleeding and promotes faster healing.

Precision and Accuracy

Laser technology enables unparalleled precision and accuracy during frenectomy procedures. Dentists can precisely target and remove the specific tissues causing the restriction, ensuring that only the necessary structures are affected. This precision is especially crucial in delicate areas like the mouth, where accuracy is paramount for optimal results.

Reduced Discomfort and Pain

Laser frenectomies are associated with reduced discomfort and pain for patients. The laser seals nerve endings and blood vessels as it cuts, resulting in less bleeding and minimizing postoperative pain. Patients often experience less swelling and discomfort, leading to a more comfortable and expedited recovery. For infants, the procedure is painless and over within 10-20 seconds.

Minimal Bleeding

The use of lasers in frenectomies significantly reduces bleeding compared to traditional surgical methods. The laser’s ability to coagulate blood vessels as it cuts ensures a bloodless operating field, enhancing visibility for the dentist and minimizing the need for postoperative interventions to control bleeding.

Faster Healing and Recovery

The precision and minimally invasive nature of dental laser frenectomies contribute to faster healing and recovery times. Since there are no incisions or sutures, the risk of infection is reduced, and patients can often resume normal activities shortly after the procedure.

Lower Risk of Infection

Laser technology’s ability to sterilize as it cuts lowers the risk of postoperative infections. The precise removal of tissues without the need for incisions minimizes exposure to bacteria, promoting a cleaner and more hygienic environment during and after the procedure.

Reduced Need for Anesthesia

Dental laser frenectomies often require little to no anesthesia compared to traditional surgical procedures. The minimally invasive nature of laser technology and the reduced trauma to surrounding tissues result in a more comfortable experience for patients. Local anesthesia is typically sufficient for laser frenectomies in children and adults, and infants do not require any anesthesia for their procedure.

Enhanced Safety for Pediatric Patients

Laser frenectomies are particularly advantageous for pediatric patients with tongue tie or lip tie. The reduced discomfort, minimal bleeding and faster healing contribute to a more positive experience for children undergoing the procedure. Additionally, the precision of laser technology ensures that only the necessary tissues are affected, minimizing the risk of complications.

Patient-Friendly Experience

The overall patient experience is significantly enhanced with dental laser frenectomies. Patients benefit from reduced anxiety, shorter appointment times and a smoother recovery process. The combination of precision, reduced discomfort, and faster healing creates a patient-friendly environment that aligns with modern expectations for dental procedures.

Laser frenectomies surpass traditional surgical procedures in terms of safety, precision and patient comfort. The minimally invasive nature of laser technology, coupled with reduced bleeding, faster healing, and enhanced accuracy, makes it a superior choice for addressing conditions like tongue or lip tie. Our team at South Carolina Tongue Tie Center offers minimally-invasive laser frenectomies for infants, kids, and adults – call our clinic in Charleston to schedule your frenectomy appointment.

Posted on behalf of South Carolina Tongue Tie Center

538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: 843-654-0459


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