Laser Tongue/Lip-Tie Release

Tongue-tie and lip-tie can make basic activities like eating and speaking more difficult. It can also set the stage for future dental and other health woes. A simple procedure can change that.


What Is a Tongue Tie or Lip Tie?

Breastfeeding is ideal for an infant’s health and dental development. Yet try as they might, some children have trouble feeding properly.

What stops them? A condition formally known as ankyloglossia, in which the frenulum – the thin bit of tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth – is too short, restricting movement.

More commonly known as tongue tie, this condition affects nearly 4% of all infants and can make breastfeeding difficult for mother and child alike. A related condition, lip tie – in which the tissue attaching the lips to the gums is too short – can likewise interfere with feeding.

Both also can be corrected by a procedure called frenectomy. 

What Is a Frenectomy & How Is It Done?

A frenectomy is a quick and simple procedure in which we remove the frenulum with a laser. No anesthetic is needed, and the results are better than with conventional surgery. There’s minimal bleeding and a lower risk of relapse. Suturing is seldom needed. Because it’s less invasive, it’s gentler and easier for the child. 

The Additional Benefits of Frenectomy by Laser

Lasers do more than cut. They disinfect tissues. They support quick blood clotting and healing through biostimulation of the tissues involved. This head start on healing means suturing is seldom needed. The laser’s precision also means that the results are far more predictable than with traditional surgery.

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Does Tongue or Lip Tie Always Need to Be Treated? 

Not all cases of tongue- or lip-tie necessarily need to be addressed surgically. A minor tie may cause no problems at all. But if your baby is losing weight by not getting enough to eat – or if nursing is uncomfortable for the mother – laser frenectomy may be something to look into.

Other common symptoms of a problematic tongue or lip tie include

  • Poor latch.
  • Sliding off the nipple or falling asleep while trying to latch.
  • Colic symptoms.
  • Reflux symptoms.
  • Continuous feedings.
  • Gumming the nipple.
  • Unable to take a pacifier or bottle.
  • Creased, cracked, bruised, blistered or bleeding nipples.

If you have concerns about your child’s tongue or lip tie – or even an untreated tie of your own, an exam or consultation with us can give you the information you need to make an informed choice about taking action.

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