Truxton Circle, DC Laser Frenectomy | Lip & Tongue-Tie Child Dentistry Updated

As part of its enhanced services, the practice treats genetic abnormalities affecting the frenum, the piece of tissue connecting the gums and the lips that is also present between the tongue and the floor of the mouth. The condition is called either tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) or lip-tie. If left unaddressed, it could lead to problems with breastfeeding, speech impairment, and tooth decay.

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During the updated frenectomy procedure, the dentists use a pinpoint laser to dissolve the frenum, promoting regeneration. The concentrated beam of light sterilizes the area being treated, making infection unlikely.

The procedure lasts only for a few minutes and is completely painless. In fact, it is common for babies to sleep through the entire procedure. The laser also immediately cauterizes the wound, which hastens the healing process and makes it possible for mothers to immediately start breastfeeding after the treatment.

Before treatment, a pediatric dentist will assess the patient’s condition, determine what type of frenectomy is needed (lingual frenectomy or labial frenectomy), and discuss sedation options, which may include nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, or IV sedation. While sedation isn’t always necessary for a frenectomy, parents have the option to request one if they feel that it will help their child relax during the treatment as seen here

Children’s Choice recommends infants, particularly babies, have a frenectomy as soon as possible to improve breastfeeding. Both tongue ties and lip ties can cause pain for the mother and child during breastfeeding. A frenectomy would encourage more effective and comfortable feeding, limit pain, and help the mother achieve effective bonding with her baby.

In addition to frenectomy, Children’s Choice also specializes in pediatric orthodontics and also caters to children with special needs. The practice runs two clinics, one each in New Carrollton, MD, and is led by Dr. Jonelle Grant Anamelechi, a a graduate of Duke University and the University of North Carolina Schools of Dentistry and Public Health who has also undergone additional training in laser dentistry, and maternal and infant health.

A spokesperson for the practice said, “Though creating an enjoyable patient experience saturates everything we do, precision dentistry is a priority with every member of our team.”

Interested parties can find more information by visiting

Children’s Choice Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics- Washington, DC

2013 Bunker Hill Rd NE

United States

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