A tongue-tie or lip-tie is an excessive attachment of the frenum, resulting in a short, tight, thick, or broad frenum that limits the tongue and lip's normal mobility and function. The tongue and lips are a very complex group of muscles that are important for all oral functions. As a consequence, having a tongue-tie or lip-tie can lead to issues with nursing, bottle feeding, sleep, speech, dental, and solid feeding.
Children with untreated restrictive tongue and lip ties can eventually develop compensatory behaviors which may result in the following complications:
The decision to correct the structural anomaly can only be achieved after a comprehensive evaluation of the medical history, feeding history, signs and symptoms, and an intraoral exam of the baby or patient. The procedure may be performed as early as few days after birth all the way into adulthood. However, the sooner it is addressed, the fewer compensatory issues the child is likely to develop.
At Happy Grins Pediatric Dentistry, we use LightScalpel CO2 laser for lip and tongue tie frenectomy treatments. The LightScalpel is a non-touch, cold laser that allows for a quick and gentle release without sedation or general anesthesia. There is little to no bleeding, and sutures are not required. The LightScalpel Laser sterilizes the wound and surrounding tissue, promoting rapid healing and minimizing the risk of infection.
Because tongue-ties and lip-ties can cause so many secondary symptoms, we offer a team approach to our treatments. We work with a team of specialists, including pediatricians, lactation consultants, speech therapists, chiropractors and myofunctional therapists to provide the comprehensive care your family deserves.
If you suspect your child has a tongue-tie or lip-tie, call us today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Patty