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A laser tongue and/or lip tie correction can have a positive impact on your child’s smile. This simple and virtually painless procedure, utilizing innovative laser technology, can improve speech, eating habits, and breastfeeding ability, as well as help eliminate future dental problems caused by a tongue or lip tie. Our expert dentists at Dentistry for Children Maryland are here to help your child achieve a healthy smile for life!
What Is a Tongue or Lip Tie?
A tongue or lip tie is when the frenulum, the small connective tissue between the tongue and floor of the mouth and the lip to gums, is tethered too tightly. This causes the movement of tongue and mouth to be limited, leading to issues with breastfeeding and potentially speech. A lip or tongue tie is present at birth but can be easily resolved right in our office.
A tongue tie occurs when the frenulum that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth is situated too high on the tongue, shortening the range of motion. In some cases, a tongue tie may resolve itself, but if you suspect your child has a tongue tie you may notice:
- Space between the lower front teeth
- Difficulty latching while breastfeeding
- Problems with speech
In order to diagnose a tongue tie, your child’s pediatrician or pediatric dentist will perform an examination and talk with you about the symptoms and any necessary treatment.
A tongue tie is when the frenulum that connects the top lip to the upper gum is too thick, causing a lack of movement and flexibility. Although it is not the same as a tongue tie, it similarly affects a child’s ability to latch while breastfeeding, as well as cause issues with eating and speech. Unlike a tongue tie, a lip tie will not typically resolve itself, and must be treated to ensure proper development. In addition to an inability to latch and issues with speech and eating, parents may notice:
- A clicking sound while feeding
- Poor weight gain
- Cluster feeding
- Choking/sputtering on milk
Our expert dentists are here for you and your child if you suspect a lip tie is present. Through our laser technology, our procedure is simple and stress-free for both you and your child.
Why Does My Child Need a Tongue or Lip Tie Correction?
A frenectomy may be necessary if your child is exhibiting problems with eating and speech. Releasing a tongue or lip tie can increase the range of motion and allow them to chew and speak normally. Resolving a lip tie or tongue tie will help your child develop properly and grow into the smile of their dreams.
The Frenectomy Procedure for Children
Thankfully, a frenectomy procedure is simple, quick, and virtually pain-free. The frenectomy procedure can be done at any of our Maryland offices using innovative laser technology. The frenectomy procedure typically takes a few minutes. Your child’s dentist will numb the area with a topical analgesic and quickly release the connective tissue with the laser. The laser sterilizes the area, promotes healing, and seals the incision site so there is little to no bleeding following the procedure.
The Benefits of Tongue or Lip Tie Correction
This quick, simple procedure provides a lifetime of benefits for your child’s smile. The procedure itself results in little to no bleeding or swelling, no stitches, and a quick recovery. After a frenectomy, you will see your child improve their ability to swallow and chew, as well as help decrease any indigestion and acid reflux. Overall, a correcting a tongue or lip tie can improve your child’s quality of life and help them achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles.