Pediatric dentists Keith Gjebre, DMD, and his partner Greg Lane, DMD of Greensburg, PA paid a visit to Dr. Martin Kaplan in Boston, MA. Dr. Kaplan is well respected and world renowned expert in infant frenectomies. While at Dr. Kaplan’s office Drs. Gjebre and Lane observed as Dr. Kaplan worked with 8 infants with tongue- and lip-tie tissues. There they gained firsthand knowledge and techniques on the best practices of diagnosing tongue- and lip-ties, as well as performing infant frenectomies with Dr. Kaplan’s LightScalpel CO2 laser.
Dr. Kaplan’s passion for improving infant weight gain and breastfeeding issues caused by tongue- and lip-ties has led him to share his knowledge to help educate all dentists about this growing need for laser frenectomies. Dr. Kaplan often instructs infant laser frenectomy continuing education workshops at Tufts University, Boston University, and many other venues around the United States.
Depending on the severity of the condition, untreated tongue-tie (short, thick or tight lingual frenum) may cause breastfeeding problems for infants; later in life it may lead to delayed development of speech and speech impediments, along with other complications. Tongue-tie may contribute to sleep apnea.
The Advantage of LightScalpel Laser Frenectomies
LightScalpel CO2 laser revision of a tongue-tie is quick, easy and gentle. The numerous benefits of CO2 laser treatment over conventional scalpel or scissor frenectomies include, among others, the following:
- Lack of bleeding ensures precision of treatment and excellent cosmetic outcome;
- Little to no swelling and only minimal discomfort after the treatment;
- Reduced risk of infection and smooth uncomplicated healing.