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Tongue and lip tie are conditions that can affect infants and children, often causing challenges with breastfeeding, speech development, and overall oral function. These conditions occur when the frenulum, a band of tissue connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth or lip to the gumline, is tight restricting normal function and mobility of the tongue or lip. Identifying and addressing tongue and lip ties is crucial for optimal oral health and development in children. At Detail Dental Kids, we specialize in providing comprehensive evaluation and treatment options to address these concerns, as well as help ensure optimal oral development and overall well-being of your child.
Tongue and lip tie can lead to a range of issues that may impact a child’s oral health and overall well-being. Infants with tongue or lip tie may experience difficulties latching onto the breast during breastfeeding, which can affect feeding efficiency and potentially lead to inadequate nutrition. As children grow, these conditions can interfere with proper tongue movement and posture, affecting speech development, oral hygiene practices, and even the alignment of teeth and jaw. Additionally, tongue and lip tie may contribute to mouth breathing habits, snoring, and sleep-disordered breathing conditions. It is essential to address these issues early on to support optimal growth, development, and overall health.
Timely and appropriate treatment for tongue and lip tie can have significant benefits for a child’s oral health and overall well-being. By releasing the tight or restrictive frenulum using techniques such as laser light scalpel, your trusted Detail Dental Kids team can restore proper tongue and lip movement and function. This can result in improved breastfeeding success, enhanced speech development, and better oral hygiene practices. Addressing tongue and lip tie can also help alleviate issues related to mouth breathing, snoring, and sleep-disordered breathing conditions, leading to improved breathing and sleep quality for your child. At Detail Dental Kids, we’re dedicated comprehensive evaluation, expert treatment, and ongoing support to ensure the best outcomes for children with tongue and lip tie concerns
Tongue and lip tie release using a laser light scalpel is a minimally invasive procedure aimed at addressing tethered oral tissues that can restrict the movement of the tongue or upper lip. These conditions, known as tongue tie (ankyloglossia) and lip tie, occur when the frenulum, a band of tissue connecting the tongue or lip to the floor of the mouth or gum, is tight, thick, or extends too far towards the tip.
The laser light scalpel used here at Detail Dental Kids is a specialized tool that emits a focused beam of light energy. This affords us maximum precision and control when cutting the frenulum while minimizing bleeding and discomfort for your child. This approach offers several advantages over traditional surgical methods, such as the use of scissors or a scalpel.
By addressing tongue and lip ties, we can help improve oral function, speech development, breastfeeding success, and overall oral health. If you suspect that your child may have a tongue or lip tie, we recommend a consultation with Dr. Sara Viernes-Chisler and the Detail Dental Kids team to evaluate your child’s condition and determine the most appropriate treatment approach.
Precision: Cutting accuracy ensuring minimal trauma & damage to surrounding structures.
Minimized Bleeding: Laser light cauterizes vessels to reduce bleeding as it cuts.
Reduced Discomfort: Less trauma means reduced pain & discomfort.
Faster Healing: The laser’s energy promotes coagulation and the body’s natural biological response. This facilitates faster healing and tissue regeneration.
Minimal Scarring: The controlled nature of laser cutting minimizes scarring.
After a tongue/lip tie procedure, it is important for parents to follow the post-operative care instructions to ensure proper healing and optimal results.