Lip Tie and Tongue Tie

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What is a Tongue Tie and/or Lip Tie?

At Stonebrook Pediatric Dentistry, we understand the challenges that can arise from lip and tongue ties in infants and children. Led by Dr. Abhishek Bhaumik, our team is dedicated to providing compassionate care and effective solutions for children experiencing these conditions. If you suspect your child may have a tongue tie or lip tie, we’re here to help.

What is a Tongue Tie and/or Lip Tie?

A tongue tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a condition that occurs at birth and restricts the range of motion of the tongue. Similarly, a lip tie is a condition that limits the movement of the upper lip. Both tongue ties and lip ties can cause complications and affect various aspects of a child’s life.

While not all cases of tongue ties or lip ties result in symptoms, some children may experience more complex issues. These symptoms can include difficulty sticking the tongue out, trouble with breastfeeding (latching), eating and speech difficulties, digestion issues, and airway problems.

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What Are the symptoms

Symptoms of a Tongue Tie and/or Lip Tie in Babies:

The symptoms of a tongue tie can be as simple as difficulty sticking the tongue out OR as complex as trouble with breastfeeding (latching) as a newborn, eating and speech issues, digestion issues, and airway issues.

Frenectomy: The Solution for Tongue Tie and Lip Tie

Fortunately, a frenectomy is a simple and effective procedure to resolve tongue and lip tie issues. At Stonebrook Pediatric Dentistry, we perform frenectomies using advanced techniques and a gentle approach to ensure your child’s comfort and successful treatment outcomes.

During a frenectomy, Dr. Abhishek Bhaumik will carefully release the frenulum, the small band of tissue that causes the restriction. This procedure is typically quick and minimally invasive, often performed using a soft tissue laser for enhanced precision and faster healing.

Lip and Tongue Tie FAQs

How can a tongue tie or lip tie affect breastfeeding?

A tongue tie or lip tie can make it challenging for a baby to achieve a proper latch while breastfeeding. This can lead to discomfort and pain for the mother and inadequate milk transfer for the baby, resulting in poor weight gain.

Can a tongue tie or lip tie affect speech development?

Yes, a tongue tie can impact speech development, particularly in severe cases. Restricted tongue movement can affect the ability to pronounce certain sounds and may lead to speech difficulties or delays.

How long does it take for a baby to recover from a frenectomy?

Babies generally recover quickly from a frenectomy. Mild discomfort or tenderness may persist for a few days, but the healing process is typically well-tolerated. Feeding and breastfeeding can usually resume immediately or shortly after the procedure.

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Our Approach and Commitment to Care

At Stonebrook Pediatric Dentistry, we prioritize the overall well-being of our young patients and their families. Dr. Abhishek Bhaumik and our compassionate team provide personalized care, taking the time to understand your child’s unique needs and addressing any concerns you may have.

We believe in a multidisciplinary approach, working closely with lactation consultants, speech therapists, and other healthcare professionals to ensure comprehensive and successful treatment for your child. We are committed to providing your family with a supportive environment throughout the treatment process.

If you suspect your child may have a tongue or lip tie, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Abhishek Bhaumik at Stonebrook Pediatric Dentistry. We will evaluate your child’s condition and discuss the most appropriate treatment options to help your child thrive.

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Frenectomy in Frisco, TX

Contact Stonebrook Pediatric Dentistry today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards finding relief and improved quality of life for your child. We look forward to being your trusted partner in your child’s oral health journey.

Learn More

Watch the following videos for more information

An Introduction To Tongue Tie explained by a Myofunctional Therapist

The Healing Process after a Frenectomy done by a CO2 laser- LightScalpel

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