From Dr. Jeanne A. Krizman’s website: http://www.krizmandental.com/frenectomy-tongue-tie/index.html
A tight upper lip frenum attachment may compromise full lip flanging and appear as a tight, tense upper lip during nursing. This can result in a shallow latch during breastfeeding. Additionally, the tight upper lip may trap milk, resulting in constant contact of the milk to the front teeth. This can result in decalcification and dental decay can develop when the milk is not cleaned off of these areas. This same issue can occur with bottle-feeding. If the frenum attaches close to the ridge or into the palate a future diastema (gap between the teeth) can also occur.
A tight lower tongue frenum attachment may restrict the mobility of the tongue and appear as a cupping or heart shaped tongue when the tongue is elevated. This can result in an inability to get the tongue under the nipple to create a suction to draw out milk. Long term a tongue tie can result in speech problems and/or issues later with transferring food around the mouth for chewing. Approximately 3-5% of the population presents with this condition.
Some babies can have ties and not be symptomatic. To know if the ties are a problem we ask two major questions: “Is the baby getting enough to eat?” and “Is nursing comfortable for the mother?”
Symptoms can be as follows:
- Poor latch
- Attempting to latch
- Colic symptoms
- Reflux symptoms
- Poor weight gain
- Continuous feedings
- Gumming or chewing of the nipple
- Unable to take a pacifier or bottle
- Creased, cracked, bruised, or Slides off nipple or falls asleep while blistered nipples
- Bleeding nipples
- Incomplete breast drainage
- Infected nipples or breasts
- Plugged ducts
- Nipple thrush
Laser Frenectomy Procedure
The frenectomy procedure takes only 5-10 minutes.
Prior to the frenectomy procedure, we administer a homeopathic Tongue Tie Remedy that will aid with healing. All babies receive a specially formulated anesthetic gel to minimize discomfort. No sedation or general anesthesia is needed. Your child is safely swaddled and laser protection goggles are placed over the eyes. One of our dental assistants will gently stabilize your baby’s head for the procedure. For laser safety recommendations, parents are not allowed in the treatment room.
The procedure typically takes less than 5 minutes. The laser tip is used to precisely remove the restrictive tissue under the tongue. Lip ties are treated and released at the same visit with no additional charge.
There is little to no bleeding during the procedure, because the laser seals blood vessels. The laser also seals nerve endings, so there is a numbing effect for a several hours following the visit. Since the laser disinfects, risk of infection is minimized.
To read Dr. Krizman’s full article, visit: http://www.krizmandental.com/frenectomy-tongue-tie/index.html
My daughter had great results from the Laser Frenectomy Procedure, the reason why I wrote this blog. For any questions, feel free to write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org