Tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia, is a condition where the tissue connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth (the lingual frenulum) is shorter or tighter than usual, restricting tongue movement. This can lead to various issues, including difficulties with breastfeeding, speech impediments, and oral hygiene challenges. 

Fortunately, there are several treatment options available, each with its own pros and cons. 

At the Tongue Tie Institute, part of Upbeat Pediatric Dentistry, we offer state-of-the-art laser treatment for tongue-tie, which we believe provides numerous advantages over traditional methods. 

In this blog post we’ll compare the different treatment options for tongue-tie and explain why laser treatment might be the best choice for your child.


Traditional Treatment Options for Tongue-Tie

Surgical Frenotomy (Scalpel)


  • Immediate Results: Quick resolution of the restricted movement.
  • Traditional Method: Well-known and widely practiced.


  • Invasiveness: Involves cutting the frenulum with a scalpel, which can be intimidating for both parents and children.
  • Risk of Infection and Bleeding: Higher risk of complications compared to less invasive methods.
  • Longer Recovery Time: May cause more discomfort and require more post-operative care.

Scissors Frenotomy


  • Quick Procedure: Can be performed quickly in a dental or pediatric office.
  • Immediate Improvement: Often provides instant relief of the tongue restriction.


  • Invasive: Involves cutting the tissue, which can be distressing.
  • Risk of Complications: Potential for bleeding, infection, and pain.
  • Post-Operative Care: Requires careful management of the wound and follow-up care.

Laser Frenectomy: The Modern Solution

At the Tongue Tie Institute, we specialize in laser frenectomy, which we believe is the superior treatment option for tongue-tie. Here’s why:

Pros of Laser Frenectomy

  1. Minimally Invasive

Laser treatment involves using a focused beam of light to precisely cut the frenulum. This method is much less invasive than traditional surgical techniques.

  1. Reduced Bleeding and Infection Risk

The laser cauterizes as it cuts, which significantly reduces the risk of bleeding and infection. This makes the procedure safer and more comfortable for your child.

  1. Quick and Efficient

Laser frenectomy is a quick procedure, often taking only a few minutes. The recovery time is also shorter compared to traditional methods, allowing your child to return to normal activities sooner.

  1. Less Pain and Discomfort

The precision of the laser minimizes damage to surrounding tissues, resulting in less pain and swelling post-procedure. Many children experience minimal discomfort and a swift recovery.

  1. Improved Outcomes

The laser allows for a more precise and controlled release of the tongue-tie, leading to better outcomes in terms of tongue mobility and function. This can have a positive impact on feeding, speech development, and oral health.

  1. Less Need for General Anesthesia

Due to its minimally invasive nature, laser frenectomy can often be performed with just local anesthesia or even without any anesthesia for very young infants. This reduces the risks associated with general anesthesia.

  1. Fewer Post-Operative Complications

With the laser’s ability to minimize bleeding and promote faster healing, there are fewer post-operative complications. This makes the overall experience less stressful for both parents and children.


Why Choose Laser Treatment?

  1. Comprehensive Care

At the Tongue Tie Institute, we provide comprehensive care that includes a thorough assessment, personalized treatment plan, and follow-up care to ensure the best outcomes for your child.

  1. Expertise and Experience

Our team is highly trained and experienced in using laser technology for tongue-tie treatment. We stay up-to-date with the latest advancements to provide the highest standard of care.

  1. Child-Friendly Environment

We understand that any medical procedure can be daunting for a child. Our clinic is designed to be welcoming and comforting, with a focus on making the experience as positive as possible.

  1. Parental Support

We offer guidance and support to parents throughout the process, from initial consultation to post-procedure care. Our goal is to ensure you feel informed and confident in the treatment plan.

Addressing Tongue Tie

Choosing the right treatment for tongue-tie is crucial for your child’s health and well-being. 

While traditional methods like observation, stretching exercises, and surgical frenectomy have their place, laser frenectomy offers significant advantages in terms of safety, comfort, and effectiveness. 

At the Tongue Tie Institute we are committed to providing the best possible care for your child using state-of-the-art laser technology. 

If you suspect your child has a tongue-tie or if you have any questions about the treatment options, please contact us to schedule a consultation

Let us help you make the best choice for your child’s oral health and overall development.