Tongue Tie Release with a CO2 Laser
"Infant frenectomies are performed to help resolve nursing difficulties."
Richard Baxter DMD, MS
Richard Baxter, DMD, MS, uses his LightScalpel CO2 laser to release both an upper lip- and tongue-ties on a 4-week-old infant. Infant frenectomies are performed to help resolve nursing difficulties. Dr. Baxter’s practices dentistry at Shelby Pediatric Dentistry in Pelham, AL
Mothers often complain about pain while breastfeeding. This is almost always due to a problem with latching. The first thing we look for is problems with the frenulum.
If you are a tongue tie release specialist, you should really pay attention to mothers who complain about breast pain while feeding. You will be looking for functional symptoms as well as visual symptoms. Many practitioners aren't familiar enough with tongue ties to take a full history that includes functional issues. This is key! If you are unsure, please refer to a specialist who is familiar with assessing tongue tie to help make a determination.
Once you see this video, you will see how easy it is to perform a tongue tie release. After you perform the release, you should have the patient or parent contact us for post frenectomy therapy to aid in proper healing.