Laser Tongue & Lip Tie
If your child is in need of a laser tongue and/or lip tie correction, there’s no need to worry. This procedure is fast, simple, and nearly painless. Advanced laser technology makes laser tongue and lip tie correction possible. Correcting a tongue or lip tie is typically recommended to help your child avoid speech problems and improve eating habits. Dr. Eric is a laser-certified professional with specialized training in treating tethered oral tissues. If you’re searching for help, we’re here for you!
What Is A Tongue or Lip Tie?
The frenulum is a small tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth, as well as connects the lips to the gums. When these tissues are tethered too tightly, they limit the movement of the tongue and mouth. In babies, this can interfere with breastfeeding and eventually speech. Some children are born with a tongue or lip tie, but a simple procedure can eliminate these problems and give your child full movement of their lip and tongue for the rest of their life.
Symptoms Of Tongue-Tie
If your child has tongue-tie, you may notice the following symptoms:
- Space between the lower front teeth
- Difficulty latching while breastfeeding
- Speech problems
A simple examination by either your child’s pediatrician or our dentist will help you find the answers you need. In some cases, a tongue-tie will resolve itself but this isn’t always the case. After your child has been looked at, we can discuss if tongue-tie treatment is recommended.
Symptoms Of Lip Tie
If your child has a lip tie, you may notice the following symptoms:
- Difficulty latching when breastfeeding
- A clicking sound while feeding
- Poor weight gain
- Cluster feeding
- Choking on milk
- Speech & eating issues (in older children)
Unlike tongue-tie, lip tie doesn’t have the possibility of resolving itself so it’s highly recommended that this is treated to avoid long-term problems. We understand that this procedure may seem intimidating, but our experienced team can help both you and your child feel comfortable throughout this procedure. In no time at all, your child will be on their way out the door with no more lip or tongue tie issues.
How The Frenectomy Procedure Works
We’re pleased to assure parents that this procedure is not only fast but virtually painless. The procedure only takes minutes and uses innovative laser technology. First, our dentist will use a topical analgesic to numb the area that will be treated. Then the area where the connective tissue is present will quickly but carefully be released. As the laser treats the lip or tongue tie, it also sterilizes the area, seals the site of the incision, and promotes healing. Your child will experience little to no bleeding.
Benefits Of Tongue Or Lip Tie Correction
Although this procedure may sound intimidating, we guarantee that the process will be done in no time. Your child will not have to receive stitches and recovery is fast. Following this procedure, you should notice your child’s improvement in the symptoms they were experiencing such as swallowing and eating. This procedure can also decrease acid reflux or indigestion. The long-term improvements from this simple procedure can benefit your child as they grow.
Answers For Your Child’s Tongue Or Lip Tie
If your child is showing signs of tongue or lip tie in the Potomac, MD area, we recommend scheduling a consultation with our team. Our dentist can take a look at their mouth and let you know if a tongue or lip tie needs to be addressed. Call our office today!