What is a laser frenectomy?

This short article takes a brief look at the process of the laser frenectomy as it is applied within the health services industry. A brief explanation as to what it entails is given. Also, some guidance is being provided as to why laser technology is preferred by the specialists who are faced with dealing with the laser frenectomy cost implications. Then a brief account of the laser frenectomy and its applications is provided for the benefit of parents with young children.

Generally speaking, in the field of oral (not dental) surgery, the labial frenectomy procedure is carried out for purely orthodontic reasons. Currently (as sourced at the time of publishing) laser powered surgical devices are still very much under development alongside research into the utilization of the diode laser frenectomy without any form of anesthesia. Currently, streamlined and needle-less oral surgery for young children is still in its infancy stages.

Now, whilst laser surgery is still under development, its use does appear to be inevitable in view of the fact that oral surgery as a whole remains difficult to perform even in a planned and controlled environment.

But the use of laser or diode light equipment has, thus far, shown positive results as a contribution towards existing surgical methods being utilized during the management of endodontics and inflamed periodontal tissues.

At the moment, painless surgical procedures continue to be supported through the use of local or general anesthesia. But the case has been made for not applying this medicine to young patients because of the developing bodies’ vulnerability towards it. Laser therapy, it is argued, is also pain free and could be far more effective as a surgical procedure, provided that it is being performed by a qualified and licensed practitioner.

In one case, the laser frenectomy was recommended and deemed safe for a young child, as young as nine years of age and weighing no more than thirty-three kilograms. And of course, the child was still quite small and short in stature. The dental history collected indicated that only minor procedures needed to be carried out. What influenced the specialist orthodontist’s decision to go ahead with the laser treatment was the overall development status of the child and his generally good state of health.

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In order for the practitioner to make a confident proposal in regards to the surgical procedure, he had to have a good knowledge and understanding of how the laser technology would work.

Finally, let it be known that the laser frenectomy is not, strictly speaking, part of the dentistry sub-sector within the health services industry, but it can be correlated with the field of oral surgery, specifically as it is related to young children who have visible physical symptoms that make it not just feasible but necessary to have a laser frenectomy done. And in saying that, a distinction had to be made between the laser technology and that of general anesthesia for the benefit of the child’s health and safety.