Tongue and Lip TiesA tongue tie occurs when the frenulum below your tongue is too tight. This may be caused by a frenulum that is too short, or by one that is attached too close to the tip of the tongue. The severity of the tie can vary from infant to infant, but it can have a significant impact on the ability of the infant to feed effectively, no matter if the child is breastfed or bottle fed. A tongue tie in an infant who is breastfed can also cause significant pain for the mother.
Tongue ties can cause some other major complications as the child grows. For one, it can affect proper speech development. Your child may have difficulty swallowing. A tongue tie can even impact the growth and development of the mouth.
A lip tie occurs when the frenulum attaching the upper lip to the gums is too tight. Much like a tongue tie, this type of tie can affect proper feeding. Lip ties can also lead to a gap between the two front teeth, called a diastema. Not only does this impact the quality of the smile, but it can also increase the risk for cavities and gum disease.
What is a Frenectomy?A frenectomy is a procedure that is performed to release the tongue or upper lip, allowing for proper, effective movement while also preventing feeding and other issues. Traditionally, this procedure was done using a scalpel, which required the need for stitches. Today, we perform a frenectomy using a laser. The laser uses a concentrated beam of light to release the tissue. It cauterizes tissue as it cuts, limiting bleeding. The laser provides pinpoint accuracy, minimizing tissue trauma. It also reduces downtime as well as the risk for infection.
The Benefits of a FrenectomyThere are numerous benefits that are associated with a frenectomy, including:
If a tongue or lip tie is affecting the life of your child, a frenectomy can help. For more information, and to schedule a consultation, call Susquehanna Oral and Facial Surgery and Dental Implant Center at (570) 323-1900 today.