CO2 LightScalpel Laser Dentist Dubuque, Iowa

New CO2 Laser Technology at Exceptional Dentistry in Dubuque, Iowa

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Dr. Kristen Berning and Dr. Alexia Oetken
with dental assistants Larae, Amy and Amanda​​​​

Dr. Kristen Berning and Dr. Alexia Oetken at Exceptional Dentistry in Dubuque, Iowa have upgraded to a state-of-the-art LightScalpel CO2 laser this year. One of the many procedures performed with the LightScalpel laser is a tongue-tie release. After proper diagnosis, a LightScalpel laser tongue-tie release is quick, precise, and has minimal bleeding. For both adults and children, a restrictive tongue-tie can lead to difficulties with eating, speech, breathing, and sleep. In babies, tongue ties can contribute to difficulties with breastfeeding and/or bottle feeding due the tongue not being able to function well and resulting in a poor latch.

Another common procedure with the LightScalpel CO2 laser is a lip-tie release. The lip tie (a tight maxillary frenum under the upper lip) in some people can be very wide, thick, restrictive and tightly attached. In babies, a lip tie can prevent the upper lip from flanging appropriately for a latch during breastfeeing or bottle feeding. In children and adults, a thick upper lip tie that is closely attached to gumline of the upper two front teeth can result in a space or gap between the two front teeth. Learn more about tongue and lip ties on our websiteLip Tie revision space between teeth Dubuque Iowa dentist kids laser dentist

The LightScalpel CO2 laser is an advanced laser device that produces a concentrated beam of light. The highly focused CO2 laser beam vaporizes cleanly and precisely to deliver superior care for soft tissue procedures. When compared to traditional methods, LightScalpel laser soft-tissue procedures result in little to no bleeding, less swelling, and less discomfort. The American-made LightScalpel CO2 laser is cleared by the FDA for numerous soft tissue surgical procedures including frenectomy (tongue- and lip-tie release), gingivectomy, fibroma and mucocele excision (soft tissue enlargements inside the lips and cheeks), unerupted tooth exposure, and many more.In addition, it can be used on canker sores and cold sores to speed up the healing time.

Dr. Kristen Berning, Dr. Alexia Oetken, and Dr. Ted Murray at Exceptional Dentistry in Dubuque, IA are dedicated to providing the most compassionate and advanced care for their patients. To schedule a consultation please contact us online or call 563-556-2711.

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Dr. Kristen Berning provides support for breastfeeding moms dealing with lip and tongue ties.  She uses a LightScalpel CO2 laser to perform lip and tongue-tie revision, including posterior tongue-ties and buccal ties. She will consult on patients of all ages and treats many ages for tongue and lip ties. The Exceptional Dentistry office is located at 4200 Asbury Road, Dubuque, IA 52002.  Many parents and babies travel from Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin to her office for tongue tie assessments and treatment. To schedule an exam or ask questions about the lip and tongue-tie procedure with Dr. Kristen Berning please call us at 563-556-2711 or contact us onlineFollow us on facebook and Instagram

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