Pediatric Tongue- and Lip-Ties: Diagnosis and Treatment with Soft-Tissue Lasers (3-Day Hands-On Course)

 Thursday, 8/2/18: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

 Friday, 8/3/18: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

 Saturday, 8/4/18: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM


MICHELLE EMANUEL, OTR/L, CIMI, CST, NBCR, RYT 200; Occupational Therapist, Creator of the TummyTime! Method, Yoga Teacher, Reflexologist, CranioSacral Therapist

JOY P. FUNSTON, RN, IBCLC, RLC, Founder & CEO, Lead IBCLC & Ankyloglossia Specialist, Joyful Start LC, Charlottesville, Virginia


ROBERT M. MARCUS, D.D.S., Dr. Marcus obtained his D.D.S. degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, and also completed a two year residency for specialized training in Pediatric Dentistry at facilities in both the University and at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at John Hopkins Hospital.

Dr. Marcus maintains a pediatric dental office in Reisterstown, Maryland, where his practice focuses on complete, compassionate dental services for infants, children, teens, adults, and those with special needs. He has experience in treating thousands of babies and older patients via dental laser surgery for their lip and tongue ties.

EDWARD KUSEK, D.D.S., Diplomate of American Board of Implant Dentistry, Mastership in Academy of Laser Dentistry and Academy of General Dentistry, Fellow of American Academy of Implant Dentistry and Recognized course Provider for ALD. Graduate of University of Nebraska Medical.

Course Details

In this combination lecture and hands-on course, attendees will be introduced to the concept of laser frenectomies, an increasingly popular method by which dentists and physicians can treat tongue- and lip-ties in their patients.


Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is a condition present at birth that restricts the tongue's range of motion. Tongue and lip ties can prevent proper nursing in infants, due to inability to latch onto the nipple. Failure to latch correctly can then result in the infant swallowing air rather than milk, leading to gas, belching and colic symptoms, and failure to gain weight.



Symptoms of tongue-ties include:


  • Difficulty lifting the tongue to the upper teeth or moving the tongue from side to side
  • Trouble sticking out the tongue past the lower front teeth
  • A tongue that appears notched or heart shaped when stuck out

Tongue-ties can be corrected via the use of soft-tissue lasers, which provide a quick, mostly painless release, while minimizing bleeding and the risk of infection.



In this course, attendees will receive an overview of best practices regarding tongue- tie assessment and treatment, and will participate in a hands-on workshop on how to remove tongue-ties through the use of soft-tissue lasers. They will also have the opportunity to view videos and case studies, as well hearing from current laser frenectomy practitioners about billing and insurance issues.


Day 1 of the course will consist of:


· Introduction to laser tie intervention

· Ankyloglossia 101, including its history and impact on newborns, necessary terminology, assessment protocols, and the team approach to intervention

· Information on Oral Physiology, including variations in oral development and specific bodywork interventions to aid Ankyloglossia recovery



Day 2 of the course will consist of:


· Discussion of the potential role of soft tissue lasers in conducting frenectomies, as well as video demonstrations of frenectomies

· Q and A with the instructors and a variety of experts

· Discussion of screening procedures and patient care


Day 3 of the course will consist of:


· Detailed discussion of laser tissue interaction

· Hands-on workshop on chicken wings



IBCLC's and other non-dentists who are not qualified to use soft-tissue lasers may choose to attend only Days 1 and 2 as observers.


Learning Objectives
  • Understand infant feeding physiology and how tongue- and lip-ties impair infant intake
  • Use reliable diagnostic criteria to screen babies for Ankyloglossia
  • Understand all of the consequences and benefits of using lasers to release tongue- and lip-ties
  • Become familiar with using dental lasers on frenum-like substances
  • Understand how some structural issues that impact feeding can be addressed with the use of a variety of Bodywork techniques

CE Credits

Participation: Credit Hours - 19

AGD Code: 135, 430

Course Fee

$1295 (Dentist/Physician/Pediatrician/Obstetrician/Osteopath/ENT, Includes Day 3 Workshop Participation)

$495 (Dental Assistant/Hygienist/IBCLC/OT/SLP/CST, Observe On All 3 Days)

$395 (Dental Assistant/Hygienist/IBCLC/OT/SLP/CST, Observe on Days 1 and 2 Only)


This course is supported by: GPT Dental, Convergent Dental, Biolase New England, Fotona, and Ultradent



Tufts Dental School

1 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111

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About Us


Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. Approval Date 11/15-12/19.


We may be reached by email at, and by phone at 617-636-6629.

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