Laser Lip & Tongue-Tie Treatment – Kittanning, PA

Quick, Painless

Dr. Voller has been doing frenectomies for over three decades. With the introduction of the laser in dentistry, it has become a very easy, fast, and virtually painless procedure. There are no age limits to having a frenectomy performed. On infants with nursing difficulties, the procedure can be performed just days after noticing the tethered tissues. In teens and adults, laser lip and tongue-tie treatment from our Kittanning, PA dentist can free up the lips and tongue to ensure better breathing, eating, speaking, swallowing, and cleaning of one's own teeth.

Why Choose Voller Dentistry, PC for Laser Lip & Tongue-Tie Treatment?

  • Shorter Treatments with Less Bleeding
  • Early, Late, and Saturday Appointments
  • Dentist with 40+ Years of Experience

What is a Frenectomy?

Smile before and after frenectomy for lip and tongue tie

A frenum is a connective tissue tag between the jaws/teeth and the lips, cheeks and tongue. There are several throughout the mouth. Often these tether the structures they are connected to and restrict movement. In nursing infants these can inhibit the ability for the baby to properly latch and feed. Dr. Voller is one of the leaders in the field of the treatment of TOTS (tethered oral tissue syndrome) and can, in just a few seconds, release these tissues with a gentle laser, allowing nursing to be much easier and more efficient for both baby and mom.

Why You Might Need a Frenectomy

Baby able to breast feed thanks to frenectomy for lip and tongue tie

A frenulum can create a condition called a tongue tie or a lip tie, and this basically means the movement of either is significantly restricted. This can lead to problems such as poor speech development, orthodontic issues, dental hygiene issues, gum recession, and general discomfort when using the lips and tongue. For breastfeeding babies, it can create complications for both the child and mother:

  • Unable to fully latch while feeding
  • The baby needs to chew on or gum the nipple
  • Bleeding and painful nipples
  • Poor nutrition and slow weight gain for the baby
  • Inability to drink from a bottle
  • Frequent unsuccessful feedings

Fortunately, the procedure to correct this issue is quite simple, quick, and painless.

Laser Frenectomy Surgery

Laser frenectomy treatment device

In the past, a frenectomy was performed using surgical scissors, and typically caused a lot of pain, discomfort, and required quite a bit of recovery. Fortunately, with a soft tissue laser, Dr. Voller can quickly remove the excess tissue almost painlessly. Soft tissue lasers are precise devices, meaning that they are able to focus just on the area that needs to be treated without affecting the surrounding tissue. This means less is damaged, and that recovery will be much easier and faster. A laser frenectomy only takes a few minutes per frenulum and requires no incisions or stitches. Typically, all it takes is local anesthetic for a patient to not feel anything at all.

Contact Us Today

The friendly Voller Dentistry P C dentist and team

If you or your child has difficultly speaking or eating (particularly breastfeeding) comfortably, it may be because of a restrictive frenulum. As we stated earlier, this can lead to much more serious problems as time goes on, especially for young children, so don’t hesitate to contact us. No matter the age of a patient, Dr. Voller will give them a quick oral examination and will be able to quickly ascertain if a laser frenectomy is the best course of treatment. It is one of the simplest and easiest surgical procedures available today and can have an amazing effect on a person’s overall health and functionality. Give us a call today so we can start helping you or your child as soon as possible.