Tongue-Tie and Lip-Tie Release

Does your child struggle to eat, sleep or speak?

This may be caused by a tongue or lip tie. Ask yourself the following questions.

Do any of these sound like your baby?

  • Difficulty feeding
  • Painful latching and nursing
  • Poor latching
  • Regular gassiness and fussiness
  • Long feeding times
  • Leaking milk while feeding
  • Smacking or clicking sounds when eating
  • Is slow to gain weight
  • Baby is constantly hungry
  • Not sleeping well or only for short periods
  • Is spitting up often

Does this sound like your child or teen?

  • Trouble making certain sounds while speaking
  • Delayed or abnormal speech
  • A slow eater (finishes well after everyone else at the table)
  • Packing cheeks with food
  • Chokes or gags on liquids or soft foods
  • Thumb or finger sucker
  • Long-time pacifier user
  • Restless sleep (kicking during sleep)
  • Snoring
  • Sleeps with mouth open
  • Grinds teeth at night
  • Wakes up with sore jaw muscles
  • Jaw joint pain (TMJ pain)
  • Frequent headache or neck pain
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Recurrent sinus infections
  • Hyperactivity or ADHD
  • Enlarged tonsils or adenoids
  • Sleep disordered breathing

When properly diagnosed, what is the next step?

A tongue-tie is when the normal fleshy attachment below the tongue is abnormally tight and restricts normal movements of our tongue. This wouldn’t be a problem if we didn’t use our tongues to speak, eat, breathe (especially during sleep), protect our airway, clear our teeth of debris and food, nurse and more. Unfortunately, we do. This restriction affects about 1 in 5 people.

A lip-tie is when the normal fleshy attachment from the lip to the gums is too tight and restricts normal movement of the lips. When this happens there can be nursing issues, challenges with normal brushing and can lead to gaps in the anterior teeth.

The tongues and lips are complex tissues with many muscles that are used during everyday life. They can be affected by many things and lip and tongue tie releases are not always the solution. When a lip-tie or tongue-tie is the problem though, the release of these tissues, many times called a frenectomy or frenotomy, can be a life changing procedure for our patients. Proper diagnosis is key.

When properly diagnosed, what is the next step?

We use a laser for treatment of lip and tongue ties. A laser is the most efficient and advanced instrument for soft tissue procedures available today.

We are here to help. Call for an assessment today!

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