Laser Functional Frenuloplasty
~ Restoring natural anatomical functions ~
Dr. Amelia Chim is pleased to be the specialist and preferred provider for Maxillary (lip) or Buccal (cheek), and Lingual (tongue) frenectomy/frenuloplasty procedures to patients of all ages, infants to adolescents, using state of the art CO2 Laser procedure.
The latest research in sleep medicine and oral myofunctional therapy is showing that untreated lip and/or tongue ties that inhibits the proper resting position of the tongue on the roof of the mouth can lead to many health and growth issues. This ranges from poor feeding at birth, difficulty with and picky eating in young childhood, speech issues, mouth breathing, narrow palate resulting in crowded teeth, and sleep apnea.
We provide treatment to newborns, that along with their mothers, are struggling to breastfeed due to the presence of either a maxillary lip-tie, buccal, and/or lingual tongue tie. We strongly emphasize the collaborative work with your lactation consultant and craniosacral therapy and bodywork after the procedure to help best re-establish proper breastfeeding for you and your baby.
We work very closely with speech, feeding, myofunctional, and osteopathic therapy for kids who are struggling with enunciation and ability to properly form sounds, having choking and swallowing problems, poor postures, and multiple negative compensatory behaviors due to the presence of maxillary and/or lingual tie.
When indicated, a frenectomy procedures can be a simple, but often overlooked key elements to your child's general health, sleep, growth, and development. It is important to be aware and become informed about the presence of "lip-and tongue-ties".
Dr. Amelia Chim uses a high-end CO2 laser for the procedure. A CO2 laser is a non-contact laser, where it cuts without touching the tissue. The laser energy interacts with water molecules and vaporized the tissue along with it. This results in a cleaner wound, most efficient, most sterile way for any soft-tissue procedures, especially on infant frenectomies.
In your search for frenectomy providers for your loved ones, you may also encounter providers utilizing Diode lasers (We do not recommend) to perform these procedures. With a Diode laser, high heat energy goes much deeper into the tissue, causing thermal damage to surrounding tissue (charred appearance). This causes much more post-op discomfort for babies and may increase the possibility of nursing strikes after. Make sure you ask what tool will they be using for the procedure.