Infant Tongue & Lip Tie

What is a Frenectomy?

A frenotomy or frenectomy is a procedure that consists of releasing the frenum under the tongue or upper lip to allow for better range of motion.

Does my child have a tongue or lip tie?

Children may be born with a combination of conditions called a tongue-tie and/or lip-tie. These attachments can cause restrictions in movement, resulting in difficulty with breastfeeding. In some cases, other health problems such as dental decay, speech and airway difficulties, and digestive issues may arise. These concerns can generally be improved by a simple release done with a soft tissue laser.

Making the decision to breastfeed is a very personal matter. It is also one that elicits strong opinions and emotion. The process can be a challenging one for some mothers.

One common cause of nursing difficulties is a restrictive frenum attachment of the tongue and/or lip. Revising the tongue and/or lip may only treat part of the problem, and we always encourage Mothers to have a supportive team in place after the procedure. These specialists include Lactations consultants, Craniosacral therapists, Chiropractors, and Feeding Specialists. Our team is happy to provide guidance on referrals if needed.

Laser Frenectomy, and how it works

Treating a tongue or lip tie is a simple procedure that can be done in the dental office without anesthesia using a laser. Soft tissue lasers have various capabilities.  The CO2 laser has the ability to focus energy at a very small target point and can be used for soft tissue incision, excision and ablation.

The qualities make the laser very efficient at cutting and coagulating soft tissue with the least amount of thermal damage, little to no bleeding, and less post operative discomfort. Because our soft tissue lasers are also bactericidal, the risk for infection is little to none. The result is beautiful tissue and less chance of relapse.


Dr. Darcy Rindelaub

 is a board certified pediatric dentist who continues to educate and expand her knowledge in new aspects of her practice. One of these interests is helping breastfeeding moms and infants as well as evaluating oral and myofunctional challenges. Dr. Darcy was one of the first dentists in Minnesota and Wisconsin to offer laser releases to infants with feeding challenges, and continues to be one of the most experienced. She provides education on the topic by speaking with local groups and health organizations. Dr. Darcy has completed multiple Laser Proficiency Certification in hard and soft tissue lasers.