Lip and Tongue Ties


toddler with tongue tie

A frenum is a small fold of tissue that secures or restricts motion of a mobile organ or organs; in this case, the tongue and lip. Between 4-10% of infants are born with some degree of frenum restriction in their tongue and lip, which can affect their ability to breastfeed or even take a bottle. These tongue or lip ties can be released with a simple procedure known as a frenectomy. Village Family Dental has been providing frenectomies for children and adults for years and we are offering this beneficial service for infants. Combining compassion and the latest in laser technology, we can now help both lactating mothers and their children lead healthier lives.

What is a frenectomy?

A frenectomy is the removal of a frenum. This is traditionally done by incising the frenum with a scalpel or pair of surgical scissors. Thanks to advances in technology, this can now be done using a soft-tissue, hand-held laser. This technique is painless and much quicker than more conventional methods.

What are the benefits of laser frenectomy?

  • Virtually no bleeding, even in cases with thick tissue
  • Laser kills bacteria and other microbes, making infection virtually impossible
  • Laser tip offers ultimate precision and accuracy
  • Capable of going as far back as needed to eliminate 100% of the restriction

What can you expect at your visit?

Your visit will consist of a consultation with one of our providing dentists, during which a thorough assessment will be made to determine if your child is a candidate for a frenectomy. The procedure itself will take place in-office. The average laser frenectomy procedure only lasts about 2-3 minutes and is virtually painless.

Healing and Recovery

Recovery time is usually quick with only minimal discomfort during the first 24 to 72 hours following the procedure. With the help of frequent breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact, mother and child can recover quickly and enjoy the benefits of improved feeding time.

What are the symptoms of a lip or high palate tongue tie?

Child symptoms include:

  • Weight loss or slow weight gain
  • Frequent feedings (2 hours apart or less)
  • Shallow latch on breast or bottle
  • Clicking or popping sounds during nursing
  • Significant reflux or gassy tummy
  • Sucking callus on lip
  • Fatigue quickly during feedings

Mommy symptoms include:

  • Painful breastfeeding
  • Breast still full of milk after feedings
  • Mastitis or thrush infection
  • Nipple trauma such as cracking, bleeding, bruising, creasing, or flattening

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