Laser dentistry is one of the most advanced dental technologies available today. The FDA-approved WaterLase® laser from BIOLASE creates highly concentrated light energy through a hand piece. The hand piece is aimed at the precise areas that need to be treated using a gentle spray of water. We use our dental laser to treat a variety of conditions, from cavities to soft tissue procedures.
Procedures performed using dental lasers have the advantage of:
- Less Bleeding: As it vaporizes the tissue, the high-energy light beam aids in the clotting (coagulation) of exposed blood vessels, thus inhibiting blood loss.
- Less Swelling and Discomfort: The laser beam seals the tissue, resulting in less swelling and discomfort associated with traditional scalpel surgery. It also reduces the need for sutures.
- Reduced Risk of Infection: The sanitizing effect of the laser reduces the risk of infection and means faster healing.
- Better Treatment Experience: Laser treatment is drill-free and numbs the teeth so your child’s tooth doesn’t need any “sleep juice.”
Laser Treatment of Tongue Tie
Ankyloglossia, also known as tongue-tie is a developmental anomaly of the tongue characterized by a short lingual frenum causing limited tongue movement. Tongue-tie has been associated with problems of breastfeeding among newborns. The short frenum may cause poor latch, inadequate milk transfer and intake, and maternal nipple pain. Poor tongue mobility and speech and gingival recession have also been related to tongue-tie.
Tongue-tie is a very common condition and when treated early will not hinder a child’s development. Laser treatment may be indicated for newborns, infants or children if they are having difficulty nursing, feeding or speaking.
Laser treatment of tongue-tie for infants is a procedure called a frenectomy. Treatment with a laser will not require stitches and only a minimal amount of topical and local anesthetic may be necessary.
Treatment of tongue-tie with laser technology has demonstrated shorter operating time, reduced post-operative discomfort, reduced bleeding, fewer post-operatitve complications and no need for suture removal.
Laser Treatment of Lip Tie
Attachment of the upper lip to the top front gum tissue. In some cases the attachment is too short restricting the movement of the upper lip during breatfeeding which may result in poor latch, inadequate milk transfer and intake, colic and intestinal distress and maternal nipple pain.
Laser treatment of a lip-tie for infants is also called a frenectomy. Treatment with a laser will not require stitches and only a minimal amount of topical and local anesthetic may be necessary.
Treatment with laser technology has demonstrated shorter operating time, reduced pain and discomfort, reduced bleeding, fewer post-operatitve complications and no need for suture removal.
Please visit the Waterlase Dentistry Website for more information.