The frenum is a band of soft tissue connecting the lips and tongue to the floor and sides of the mouth. In some cases the frenum is too short and limits the proper movement of the lips and tongue.
The presence of a tie and need for a release are based not only on the clinical evaluation by our doctors but also by the symptoms experienced.
A tongue-tie release procedure, also known as a frenectomy, is a simple surgical procedure to treat a condition called tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia.
This condition occurs when the thin piece of tissue that connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth is too short or tight, which can restrict the movement of the tongue and cause a variety of problems.
During a tongue-tie release procedure, our dentist uses a special instrument (laser) to cut or release the tissue that is causing the tongue to be restricted.
The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis and takes only a few minutes to complete. After the procedure, patients may experience some mild discomfort or swelling, but these symptoms are usually short-lived and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Dr. Garcia uses a state-of-the-art LightScalpel CO2 laser for a quick, precise, and gentle procedure. The CO2 laser promotes rapid healing and minimizes the risk of bleeding, discomfort, or infection. Topical numbing paste is applied, and the procedure does not take more than a few seconds.