A tongue tie is a tight band of tissue (frenum or frenulum) connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth.
A lip tie is a similar tissue restriction due to a frenum attachment from the underside of the lips, thus preventing proper lip function, closure and movement.
Tongue and lip ties, along with others tissue restrictions, are known as tethered oral tissues. Tethered oral tissues restrict proper movement and can cause problems like breastfeeding in infants, speech in older kids, swallowing, and natural formation of the pediatric airway. What are some issues that can arise due to TOTs?
Nursing babies may have:
Nursing mothers may have:
School aged children may have:
If you're concerned it's best to make an appointment for your child to be evaluated as soon as possible. The sooner the restrictions are released, the better both baby and mother will feel at feedings.
Our doctors perform tongue and lip tie releases called frenectomies using a state of the art CO2 laser.
Our doctors use an advanced CO2 laser to quickly, safely, and effectively release the tongue and lip ties without harming surrounding tissue. We work closely with Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) to identify the type of tethered oral tissue release.
Tongue-tie and Lip-Tie Releases are performed by our highly trained, laser certified dentists.
With our state of the art laser, pain is minimal. We place topical numbing gel for infants and small amount of lidocaine for older children.
The laser tissue release success depends on diligent stretching exercises. Myofunctional therapy is a way of retraining and strengthening the muscles in the mouth and must be performed before and after treatment at our office for optimal success.
Mothers have reported instant improvement in latching and with breastfeeding. Once your baby’s lips can flare around the nipple, and the tongue is free to create better movement, breastfeeding should be less painful for the mom and much easier for the infant.
More information on breastfeeding, tongue and lip-ties can be found from La Leche League.
Please contact our office if you'd like to speak with one of our doctors about your child's needs.