Dental lasers are a medical technology that emits a beam of concentrated light. When used for surgical and periodontal procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument. The procedures performed with dental lasers are minimally invasive and preferable to conventional surgery.
Lasers in dentistry allow for many procedures to be performed with no noise, minimal pain, less bleeding, faster recovery times, and fewer appointments.
Additional Benefits of Lasers
- Reduced heat and vibration
- Little or no need for anesthetic
- Minimal bleeding
- Faster treatment time
- Reduced damage to healthy tissues
- Minimal post-operative swelling and discomfort
- Fewer infections or post-operative complications
Lip and Tongue Tie Releases
At Safari Smiles, we use laser dentistry to offer our patients less invasive lip or tongue tie releases, also known as frenectomies, that are less painful and heal faster. During a frenectomy, the laser is used to release the connection of the “frenum,” a connective muscle between two tissues.
There are two types of oral frenectomies that are frequently performed on children for a variety of reasons, including breastfeeding issues as well as speech difficulties.
Labial Frenectomy (Lip Release)
A labial frenectomy is performed on the tissue that connects the upper lip to the gums. This may be performed on children to assist with orthodontic treatment or even to help with the proper fitting for an oral appliance.
Lingual Frenectomy (Tongue-Tie Release)
A lingual frenectomy is often also referred to as the release of tongue-ties (ankyloglossia). This procedure is performed to detach connective tissue under the tongue and is often performed on neonatal patients to assist with nursing. It can also be used to assist toddlers or older children to help improve speech issues that may be impacted by the limited movement of the tongue caused by the frenum.