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Laser Treatments

Pediatric Laser Treatments

Our office uses CO2 Lightscalpel technology when completing an array of different laser treatment options for your child, listed below. Please click on a treatment to learn more!

Types of Laser Treatments

Although often overlooked, an infant’s tongue- and/or lip-ties  can lead to feeding struggles that affect the child’s weight gain and ultimately cause mothers to stop breastfeeding. If you or your baby are struggling with any of the symptoms below, please contact our office at (847) 498-1595 for a consultation and potential treatment or appropriate referral for care.

Mothers symptoms may include:

  • Painful nursing
  • Creased or flattened nipples
  • Blistered or cut nipples
  • Incomplete breast drainage
  • Plugged ducts or mastitis
  • Inability to nurse without using a nipple shield
  • Decreased milk supply

 

Babies symptoms include:

  • Poor latch
  • Poor weight gain
  • Reflux or frequent spitting up
  • Frequent gassiness and fussiness
  • Clicking or smacking noises when eating
  • Dribbling milk out of mouth
  • Frustration when eating
  • Inability to hold a pacifier
  • Prolonged nursing or bottle-feeding sessions

 

We work closely with lactation consultants to determine if laser treatment is necessary to alleviate symptoms and improve the overall breastfeeding experience.

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A thick, fibrous maxillary frenum can impede maxillary central incisors (upper, front, permanent teeth) from properly closing or can increase the likelihood of the space (diastema) re-opening following the completion of orthodontic treatment. By removing this band of tissue, we can achieve a more predictable long-term outcome of orthodontic treatment (along with proper retainer wearing, of course!)

 

Benign, mucous-containing cysts, known as mucoceles, can often present as little ‘bubbles’ on the inside of the lower lip mucosa. Sometimes, these will heal naturally and will not require treatment. In other cases, these lesions can be frequently traumatized due to their location, causing discomfort. Our CO2 laser allows for a quick, clean removal along with a definitive pathology report of lesion findings.

Our CO2 laser allow us to quickly create a ‘window’ in the gum tissue to allow for improved eruption of permanent teeth. In some cases, exposure of the crown of maxillary canines is indicated to allow for orthodontic bracket placement.

A thick, fibrous maxillary frenum can impede maxillary central incisors (upper, front, permanent teeth) from properly closing or can increase the likelihood of the space (diastema) re-opening following the completion of orthodontic treatment. By removing this band of tissue, we can achieve a more predictable long-term outcome of orthodontic treatment (along with proper retainer wearing, of course!)

 

This piece of tissue attaches the lower lip to the gums between the bottom front teeth. If the frenum attachment is located too close to the teeth, it is possible to see gingival recession, as highlighted below. By removing this frenum atraumatically, we can prevent progression of local recession.

Canker sores are most commonly idiopathic lesions that occur on oral mucosa. Most canker sores are self-limiting and will heal within two week. However, some sores can be very large and frequently retraumatized due to location. In seconds, our CO2 laser provides immediate pain relief and drastically decreases the healing time of the lesion.

An operculum is a flap of gum tissue overlying part of an erupted tooth. This tissue should recede normally upon proper eruption of the tooth. Sometimes, this tissue can remain and cause localized irritation or pain. An operculectomy with our CO2 laser quickly removes this tissue, heals rapidly, and provides a more cleansable tooth.

Removal or recontouring of overgrown gingival tissue due to a myriad of factors.