Cortez, CO (PRWEB) January 20, 2016
Mason Miner, DDS, is now accepting new patients who are interested in the benefits of laser dentistry for children. The technology is safe and effective and can be used to treat infants suffering from excessive webbing between the gums, as well as the top lip or across the floor of the mouth, beneath the tongue. Dr. Miner utilizes the BIOLASE Waterlase iPlus laser instead of a scalpel for those who need an infant frenectomy in Cortez, CO, because it enables him to eliminate the problem, without the trauma of incisions and stitches.
Not all children who have a longer webbing, or frenum, under the tongue or the top lip are affected by these difficulties. However, for some infants, the symptoms may lead to more adverse health consequences. To feed properly, a baby needs to be able to suckle. The frenum may limit the tongue’s movement, or that of the lip, which may prevent the latching that is necessary for the baby to breastfeed. Low weight gain, smacking, or falling off the breast are some of the symptoms that may be indicative of a baby attempting to breastfeed unsuccessfully. For the mother, infants with lip and/or tongue ties, nursing can be very painful. Nipples may crack, bruise or become infected. If the breasts are not being reduced in milk volume, a mother may develop mastitis or produce less milk, experience pain and the desire to breastfeed may go away. Some children may also have trouble adhering to a bottle or pacifier.
Dr. Miner understands a parent may feel uneasy about scheduling an infant frenectomy even though it is necessary for the baby’s health. However, with this innovative alternative of using a laser, it can allow both parent and child to feel more comfortable. Laser dentistry involves the use of a highly calibrated beam of light that vaporizes the tissue quickly, with little or no discomfort. In fact, some infants may be capable of sleeping through the procedure. Healing time is minimal, and the risk of infection is decreased compared to traditional oral surgery. There is no need for general anesthesia or taking the infant to the hospital for this type of surgery.
Breastfeeding contributes to the development of the infant’s airways, nasal passages and dental jaw structure. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of mouth breathing, rather than nasal breathing. Breathing through the mouth contributes to a narrower palate, a sunken-in facial appearance, longer face, “head forward” posture (appear slouching), increase in cavity rate, asthma, digestive disorders and sleep disorders to name a few. Breastfeeding is an important component to both the infant and mother. Breastfeeding is important for infants’ nutrition and development and is the number one way to reduce moms’ risk of breast cancer.
Parents interested in learning more about laser dentistry, including how it can be used to perform an infant frenectomy in Cortez, CO, can find more information on Dr. Miner’s website.
About the Doctor:
Dr. Mason Miner is a general dentist offering personalized dental care for the entire family, in Durango, CO. Dr. Miner is a graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Beyond that, he also completed training in Advanced Education in General Dentistry at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Dr. Miner focused his studies on the surgical placement and restoration of dental implants, which he offers as a service at his practice. Dr. Miner is a member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, World Clinical Laser Institute, American Dental Association, the Colorado Dental Association and the San Juan Basin Dental Society. To learn more about the services offered by Dr. Miner, please visit his website at http://www.masonminerdds.com or call (970) 306-0535 to schedule an appointment.