When it comes to your child, the smallest medical procedure can be scary. For example, a lip or tongue tie can painful for young children if not corrected with surgery. Both a lip tie treatment and a tongue tie treatment are surprisingly common for babies and toddlers.
Both a lip and tongue tie affect oral health. Although, they are very easy to fix and seemingly painless. Get the facts here from an expert pediatric dentist at Nia Pediatric Dentistry. This way, you can know for sure what to expect for your little one.
*Note: Discuss any concerns with a lactation consultant before assuming your child has a lip or tongue tie. Nurses who are skilled in prenatal education can support mothers with breastfeeding difficulties.
A piece of tissue known as the frenulum lies behind the upper lip. Every baby is born with a labial frenulum. When the frenulum membranes are too short (tight), thick, or stiff, this forms a lip tie. Adolescents and adults can develop a lip tie, but it is much more common in babies (about 4-11%). Sometimes breastfeeding difficulties can be the cause. Therefore, as long as your child is experiencing normal weight gain and healthy development, a lip tie does not pose any threat.
Learn more about lip tie treatment in our dental blog.
Similarly, if the membranes beneath the tongue are too stiff or thick, this results in a tongue tie. Also commonly known as ankyloglossia, this condition is characterized by an abnormally short web, or lingual frenum, between the floor of the mouth and tongue bottom. While this condition is most noticed during infancy due to limited tongue movement, teens and adults can develop it too. Tongue tie treatment restores the natural full motion of the tongue.
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If you think your baby’s oral hygiene is suffering in the slightest, it is time to call a pediatric dentist. Your baby could be suffering from a tongue tie. Some dental problems that could be warning signs are:
- tooth decay
- gum recession
|Lip Tie Treatment||Tongue Tie Treatment|
|Frenectomy (lip tie reversal) is performed.
· First, a numbing agent is put on the baby’s frenulum.
· Next, using a very small hand-held laser (tie laser), the lip tie is cut.
· Afterwards, your pediatric dentist will give you post-operation instructions with pain relief and discomfort exercises.
|Frenotomy (tongue tie reversal) is performed.
· If there are no complicating factors, no numbing agent is used. If needed, it is put on the baby’s lingual frenum.
· Next, a very small hand-held laser cuts a small incision through the frenum.
· Post-operation instructions with pain relief and discomfort exercises are explained.
|Very similar to a tongue tie treatment||Very similar to a lip tie treatment|
|Simple, few-minute procedure||Simple, few-minute procedure|
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Both treatments can be done by laser surgery. Find a pediatric dentist skilled in both tongue tie and lip tie treatment before serious problems arise. Preliminary years of growth for babies are the most vital. Proper vitamin and mineral nourishment ward off mineral deficiency, thereby avoiding infection, disease, and discomfort.
Keep your baby on track to proper oral and dental health with a tie revision. Contact the premier dental care team of Atlanta at Nia Pediatric Dentistry to schedule an appointment. We have offices in Canton and East Cobb.