Cary Pediatric Dentistry
Robert D. Elliott, D.M.D., M.S.
Julie R. Molina, D.D.S., M.S.

540 New Waverly Place, Suite 300
Cary, NC 27518
(919) 852-1322

Regular office hours:
M-Th: 8:20am-5pm,
Closed for lunch 1pm-2pm
Fridays: 8:20am-3pm

Summer office hours starting
July 10, 2017 – August 25, 2017
M-F: 8:20am-3pm 

Tongue Tie and Lip Releasing Frenectomy

Between 4% and 10% of children are born with some degree of frenulum restriction, also known as tongue-tie or lip-tie. This means that their tongues and lips are attached to the mouth with excessive connective tissue webbing. This excess tissue impedes the movement of the tongue or lips to various degrees, and can cause anything from moderate inconveniences (e.g. inability to lick your ice cream cone), to more severe impairments.

Child/Adult Symptoms: Limited ability to extend tongue, gap between front teeth, painful catching of the frenulum between teeth, delayed speech, difficulty making certain sounds (such as T, R, and L sounds), difficulty swallowing solid food, or a very strong gag reflex.

Laser surgery can be performed to remove excess tissue in the mouth for children and young adults.

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Benefits of a modern approach

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The results of modern laser frenectomy are excellent. Lasers provide various benefits over steel instruments, including the following:

Cauterization: Virtually no bleeding, even in cases with thick tissue ties.

Sterilization: The laser kills bacteria and other microbes making infection virtually impossible.

Precise: The laser tip is small and easily guided where needed and nowhere else, unlike clunky scissors.

Thorough: With bleeding under control, the laser can go as far as needed to eliminate 100% of the restriction.

 

Our mission is to provide specialized and comprehensive care for infants, children, and adolescents in a friendly, safe, and state-of-the-art environment with a focus on prevention and education for the families. Dr. Elliott, Dr. Molina, and our TEAM are here to positively change this generation’s view of going to the dentist, one child at a time.