Lip & Tongue Tie Treatment – Cleveland, OH
Restoring Your Baby’s Oral Function
Does your baby have a difficult time moving their mouth and tongue? Perhaps they have trouble breastfeeding, or perhaps they can’t speak clearly. These are common signs of a lip-tie or tongue-tie. This is when a band of connected tissue called the frenulum becomes too thick, impeding freer movement. Fortunately, at Dental & Cosmetic Solutions, we offer fast and easy lip and tongue tie treatment in Cleveland! We use a state-of-the-art soft tissue laser to perform frenectomies right here in our office. To discover if a lip-tie treatment or tongue-tie treatment is right for your child, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and schedule a consultation.
How Do Lip and Tongue Ties Develop?
If you look closely at your baby’s mouth, you’ll notice that there is a small piece of tissue underneath their tongue as well as underneath their upper lip. These are called frenula, and they typically help support proper oral function. However, if the lip or tongue frenulum becomes too thick, they have the opposite effect and begin to limit movement of the tongue and lips. While lip and tongue ties are most commonly diagnosed and treated in infants, untreated lip or tongue ties can persist into adulthood.
Why is it Important to Treat Lip & Tongue Ties?
Not all lip or tongue ties need to be treated. Typically, if the condition is very mild, the tie can correct itself as the child grows. However, moderate to severe ties will likely not resolve themselves but instead cause serious problems for patients of all ages. A lip or tongue tie treatment may be needed if these warning signs are present:
- Trouble eating, chewing, and/or swallowing
- In infants, difficulty breastfeeding
- Severe lisp or other speech impediments
- Difficulty closing the mouth fully or properly
- Large gap between the top or bottom front teeth.
If you are concerned about your child’s lip or tongue tie, don’t hesitate to bring them in for an evaluation. We’ll consider their health and the severity of the issue to determine if a frenectomy is recommended.
Frenectomy: Lip & Tongue Tie Treatment
At Dental & Cosmetic Solutions, we can quickly and easily address a lip or tongue tie with a simple procedure called a frenectomy. It works the same way for patients of all ages, whether they’re infants, children, or adults. First, the area is numbed with a local anesthetic. Then, we’ll use our state-of-the-art soft tissue laser to remove just enough excess tissue. This advanced piece of technology ensures that the lip and tongue tie treatment is as quick and comfortable as possible. It’s also extremely precise, which ensures that it is minimally invasive and provides a faster recovery time.