In addition to the skill of the provider, the type of laser that is used to release the tethered tissues is very important. Make sure to ask and get educated on what touches your soft mouth tissues! There are many different types of lasers. In the mouth, we need a soft tissue laser to treat the tied tissue. Inexpensive diode lasers use a hot glass tip that heats up to 1000 degrees to cut the tied tissue, which can cause pain and scarring. These diode lasers stay in contact with the tissue during the treatment process. You will also hear dentists using Erbium lasers for frenectomies. These are even more powerful than diodes and can also be used to cut teeth and bone.
Team Tongue Tie uses a CO2 laser to perform our frenectomies. It is faster, more gentle, and works just above the tissue. There is no tissue contact and or excessive thermal damage. Many providers do not use anesthesia for this procedure.
Our PBM laser is a low-level cold laser that works by photobiomodulation. It brings healing properties to the treatment area so the body can heal itself naturally. It can be used to accelerate the healing of open sores, wounds, and herpes blisters. It will also treat muscular or joint pain, tooth pain, inflammation, and is used for local pain control and anesthesia. It can be used for headache treatment and sinus pain also. Dentists that have a cold laser will use it on the tooth and be able to fix up to 3 cavities in a tooth without the use of local anesthetic injection. As lactation consultants, we know when to use it to treat early stages of mastitis and clogged ducts to prevent the need for further treatment including antibiotics.