Does your child experience difficulties while breastfeeding, or do you hear a clicking sound while your child is feeding? These issues might be attributed to a condition known as lip and tongue tie.
Our highly experienced detail team has successfully treated many infants with tongue tie problems with extreme care. The parents of our tongue tie patients often tell us that we are incredible at treating toungue tie problems. Schedule your completely FREE, no obligation, frenectomy consultation NOW and protect your children from future problems.
What Is a Tongue Tie (Ankyloglossia)?
Ankyloglossia, also known as a tongue tie, is a condition that exists from birth. It occurs when the lingual frenulum, the tissue connecting the tongue to the baby’s mouth, is excessively short. It restricts your baby’s tongue movement and can cause breastfeeding and speech problems in your baby.
Tongue tie is common, affecting about five percent of newborns. It often runs in families,
which means it can be passed down from parents. This can result in your child being born
a tongue tied baby.
What is Frenectomy?
A frenectomy or labial frenectomy is a dental procedure that resolves your baby’s lip tie or tongue tie problems. Our highly experienced and caring dentist releases or modifies a band of tissue called a frenum, which connects two areas in your mouth. Frena, the plural of the frenum, is the tissue that links your gums to your lips or your tongue to the floor of your mouth.
There are several frena, like the lingual frenum and labial frenum, present in your mouth. Generally, they don’t lead to any complications. But, if a frenum is excessively short or tight, it can lead to health complications in your infant, which might adversely affect their speech. In infants, it can lead to problems with breastfeeding and swallowing side to side.
How Can a Frenectomy Help My Child?
Tongue and lip ties predominately affect infants, and left untreated, can cause issues in your children, such as airway obstruction, speech impediments, acid reflux, and muscular tension. Tie revisions
or lingual frenectomy removes the tissue quickly and safely with minimal discomfort for your baby. These frenectomy procedures cause your child the least discomfort or pain.
An infant with a tongue or lip tie could experience difficulty when breastfeeding, experiencing gas due to swallowing issues, or being unable to suction onto a bottle properly. Alleviating the tie at this young age is greatly beneficial for the following reasons:Pain Management
: Our highly experienced dentists use a gentle touch and ensure your infant is comfortable. While most infants cry when the procedure is being performed, being able to settle them down immediately after treatment is simple. Our caring dental team ensures comfort and care.Prevents Future Issues
: Leaving a lip or tongue tie untreated can lead to significant adverse side effects later in life. These include speech delays or impediments, malnutrition due to the inability to eat properly, and difficulty eating certain foods.
Schedule your completely FREE, no obligation, Frenectonomy consultation NOW and take the first step toward improving your baby’s lifelong health.
Signs and Symptoms That Your Child May Require a Frenectomy:
Cracked, bruised, bleeding, or flattened nipples after breastfeeding
Extreme nipple pain and damage
Decreased milk production
Using a nipple shield to nurse your baby
Gassy baby / taking in a lot of air while nursing (gulping)
Clicking sounds during nursing, indicating that your baby is breaking the seal
Baby has a poor movement of their tongue
Overall poor nipple latch and babies lip curling under the nipple during latch
Milk leaking on the sides of the mouth
Poor weight gain
Choking, gagging, or vomiting
Reflux or colic symptoms
Baby is working too hard to nurse and always falls asleep on the breast
It is important to note that not all ties cause issues and require correction. Our dentists will expertly evaluate each case individually.
Highly Experienced Frenectonomy Dentist Near You
If you reside in Grande Prairie or surrounding areas and feel that your wonderful infant may have a tongue tie problem, schedule your completely FREE Frenectonomy consultation with our highly experienced dentist NOW. Our dental team is extremely caring and always makes sure that your lovely baby feels comfortable during the treatment process. Our team will go over the procedure with you in detail and inform you if your child is in need of a frenectomy.
We also have multiple great financing options available, and we will work to get you the maximum reimbursement from your dental insurance company for you.