Healing from Laser Frenectomy Pediatric Dentistry Treatment
What is normal when it comes to healing from a lip and tongue tie release? It’s important as a parent that you understand what to expect and how to tell if your child’s lip or tongue tie release has healed well or reattached.
After the frenectomy procedure, the frenulum should reform, but with less restriction. Immediately following the laser treatment for upper lip tie or tongue tie, there will be a visible wound in a diamond shape. It’s this very diamond that will allow more mobility. What we don’t want is for the bottom and top or the sides of this diamond shape to attach to each other during the healing phase, as this would result in a tight or shortened frenulum and little to no change.
Our goal is that the frenulum reforms in a manner that provides greater mobility of the lip or tongue. What you want to watch for is the wound to essentially “fill in” with a new, longer, frenulum that provides greater mobility. During this healing phase, you can expect the diamond to turn white, yellow, and greenish, but it’s important parents realize this coloration is not a sign of infection, rather it’s the appearance of a wound healing inside of the mouth and it’s completely normal. Effectively, it’s a “wet scab”. The entire healing process may take weeks and sometimes involves the collaboration from body workers or lactation consultants.