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Lip and Tongue Ties - Frenum Releases


4-10% of the population has a Lip or Tongue Tie.

A “Tie” results when a piece of tissue called a “Frenum” restricts movement of the Lip or Tongue.
Individuals with significant ties can benefit from a Laser Release procedure.

Tongue Tie - Signs and Symptoms


• Feeding difficulties for the baby & mother
• Poor weight gain / Digestive issues
• Trouble chewing and swallowing
• Gingival recession from lower teeth
• Speech issues

Lip Tie - Signs and Symptoms


• Feeding difficulties in babies
• Cavities between the front teeth
• May cause a gap between the front teeth
• Frequent bleeding when brushing
• Speech issues


Dr. Natalie and Dr. Jon are both Certified Laser Providers

 


We use a CO2 Laser by Light Scalpel for all of our Tongue and Lip Tie release procedures.

This is the most advanced Laser available for use on pediatric patients and is unlike most dental lasers.

Our CO2 laser is more gentle and allows us to perform most procedures with little or no “novocaine” and minimal or no bleeding.

As a result, our patients typically heal faster and have less discomfort than patients treated with other methods.


If and When to Treat?

The answer is “only when it is causing a problem". 

A careful examination and health history by the doctor or other specialist is crucial in determining if you need to treat a particular tie.  There are many infants with some level of tongue tie who do just fine eating and speaking.  This is even more true for upper lip ties. 

Because many of these Lip and Tongue ties do not require treatment, finding a doctor who understands the “when” is essential.

Part of the “when question” also comes down to the age of the patient.  Quite often, the ideal time to treat a Tongue Tie is very early, especially when it is causing difficulties with feeding.  Conversely, Upper Lip Ties can often be managed when a child is older and has all of their teeth.

The ideal time window to have a Tongue or Lip Tie Release balances the age and ability of the patient to cooperate with the reason for doing the procedure in the first place.   In the end, the provider doing the procedure should have a sound basis for why he or she wishes to do the procedure at a specific time.


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