Do You Need A Laser Frenectomy Dentist to Alleviate Tongue-Tie?

Tongue or lip-tie can present itself uniquely from person to person and therefore, can go largely undiagnosed and untreated. The webbing that binds the tongue or lip can be mildly to severely limiting, creating nutritional and digestive issues. While you may realize the individual isn’t gaining weight or is suffering from reflux, headaches/migraines, you may be unaware that tongue-tie is one the underlying sources of the problem. Becoming familiar with the indications of decreased tongue mobility is the first step to improving your or your child’s health. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mason O. Miner, a laser frenectomy dentist in Durango, CO, if the following symptoms occur:

Adolescent or Adult Symptoms:

  • Impaired oral hygiene
  • Cavities
  • Difficulty brushing or flossing
  • Orthodontic maladjustments
  • Speech impediments
  • Self esteem issues

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What Can I Expect During A Frenectomy?

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The Frenectomy Procedure

A frenectomy is the removal of the flap of skin that restricts the movement of your upper lip, lower lip and tongue. There are a minimum of 7 frenums in the mouth. Most of them attach from the lip to the gums. Restricting frenums contribute to a wide variety of problems: speech impediments, recession around teeth, cavities, bone loss, cosmetic issues (gaps between the front teeth, lip position), breathing, dental occlusion, TMJ function, posture, sleep disordered breathing and chronic pain of the head and neck.

The flap(s) of skin are released as a means of helping to free up the lips and tongue to correct the issues listed above. Depending on the severity of the frenum(s) on the child or adult, it may be necessary to have them addressed.


Frenum issues are the #1 underdiagnosed conditions in dentistry. This person is 35 years old. He was never told about this frenum being a problem prior to now. This frenum could have been treated when he was in his teens’ or early 20’s and he could have avoided several problems. The frenum is embedded between the teeth contributed to the gap now seen.

Laser Frenectomy Is The Minimally Invasive Treatment Option

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Is Laser Frenectomy a Better Choice for You or Your Child than Traditional Surgery?

When it comes to comfort, convenience, and recovery, laser treatments have raised the standard in dentistry. Safe and effective, they decrease the risk of infection, while speeding the rate of healing. Traditionally, a dentist may cut a restricted frenulum with scalpels or scissors resulting in bleeding, more pain and slower healing. With a laser frenectomy, there is no need for incisions or stitches, the laser light quickly separates and releases the frenulum for enhanced mobility. Laser frenectomy, performed by a skilled dentist like Dr. Miner, can provide you or your child with the following benefits:

  • Often, no need for injections, just a topical anesthetic
  • Minimized bleeding and swelling
  • Less discomfort (in both severity and duration) after the procedure
  • Faster healing
  • Decreased risk of reattachment

Dr. Mason O. Miner is an experienced infant, child and adult frenectomy dentist in Durango, CO with training in laser dentistry. To learn more about tongue-tie and laser frenectomy, call 970-442-5109 to schedule your consultation today.

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