During every phase of development, unique problems can appear that affect your child’s day-to-day habits. For example, tongue tie and lip ties can be common genetic conditions that make it difficult for your child to speak, eat, and latch during breastfeeding. If you’re told that your child has a tongue-tie or lip tie, don’t worry. This condition is actually quite common and is easily treated with a quick and virtually painless procedure known as a frenectomy. To see if your child needs treatment, feel free to give us a call!
Attaching the tongue to the floor of the mouth, tongue ties occur when the frenulum (a small piece of oral tissue) is oversized. This problem generally occurs as a result of genetics and occurs in millions of young patients across the United States. While it is not a serious problem, it can reduce movement of their tongue. As a result, chewing and processing food as well as speaking certain words can be more difficult for your child.
Lip ties are similar to tongue ties except the location of the frenulum is different. In this instance, the small piece of tissue (frenulum) connecting the top and bottom lips to the gums are oversized instead. If you are currently breastfeeding, your child may find it difficult to latch due to their oversized frenulum. In toddlers, it can negatively affect their speech. While lip ties do not always require treatment, you should bring your child in for an exam just to make sure.
If a tongue tie or lip tie is causing problems for your child’s habits, we can perform a quick, simple and pain-free treatment known as a frenectomy. Frenectomies are performed hundreds of thousands of times every year and ensure your child does not struggle to perform simple tasks, such as chewing or speaking. Using a precise soft tissue laser, we can carefully and effectively reduce the size of your child’s frenulum, all without having to use local anesthetic.