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

Everyone has frenum attachments. How they develop or attach to the other tissues is what can create issues. Few dentists are trained and/or educated to be able to recognize them. Unfortunately, with the problems they can cause, they are rarely taught in dental schools.

Many myths exist about them:

  • They will grow out of them
  • They will trip and fall, it will tear and fix itself
  • They are not a problem
  • Among others.

Lip-ties can present themselves uniquely from person to person. Lip ties are the webbing that binds the lip toward the teeth. These types of ties can limit the movement of the lip. Lip ties can contribute to dental issues as well as muscle compensations. Muscle compensation can have a more long term and detrimental consequences

Dental consequences:

  • Recurring cavities, no matter how well one brushes and flosses
  • Impaired oral hygiene
  • Difficulty brushing or flossing
  • Orthodontic maladjustments
  • Speech impediments
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Gum recession

A Tongue tie presents itself in a way most people and healthcare providers do not realize. Few healthcare providers have the understanding of proper tongue space, tongue movement and function.  The webbing that binds the tongue movement may appear mildly to severely limiting; either way, it can have significant adverse consequences. Some of the most adverse consequences are its contribution to mouth breathing and improper swallowing.

Dental consequences of tongue tie:

  • High arched palate
  • Crowding of teeth
  • Narrow nasal passages

Other issues tongue tie can contribute to:

  • Digestive issues
  • Facial and jaw pain
  • TMJ pain
  • Reflux
  • Speech issues
  • Headaches/migraines
  • And much more.

Many are unaware tongue-tie is one the underlying sources of the problem(s). Becoming familiar with the various symptoms of tongue tie 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
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Neck/shoulder pain or tightness
  • Sleep and breathing issues

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What Can I Expect During A Frenectomy?

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The Frenectomy Procedure

A frenectomy is the release of the webbing 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 tissues(s) are released as a means of helping to free up the lips and tongue to correct the issues listed above. Depending on the mobility of the tissues of the frenum(s) on the child or adult, it may be necessary to have them addressed.

Frenum issues are very common, 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, often 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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