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Lip & Tongue Tie Treatment – Midland, TX

Pain-Less Treatment to Improve Oral Movement

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Lip and tongue ties are most commonly diagnosed in infants, as parents typically notice the signs while they’re nursing or bottle-feeding, like poor weight gain, colic, and difficulty breastfeeding. As time goes on, when left untreated, severe lip and tongue ties in Midland can also lead to a host of developmental problems, like speech impairments and breathing disorders. Fortunately, our experienced team at Midland Kid’s Dentist offers pain-less, fast, and effective laser frenectomies to help your little one gain complete oral function.

Why Choose Midland Kid’s Dentist for Frenectomies?

  • Kid’s Dentist Certified in Laser Dentistry
  • Faster Recovery Times with Advanced Technology
  • We Accept Virtually All PPO Insurance Plans

How Do Lip & Tongue Ties Develop?

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Lip and tongue ties develop during gestation, as your baby is still growing. Pieces of tissue, called frenum, form that connect their lips to their gums and their tongue to the floor of their mouth, but when these are too long or thick, they can restrict oral movement, leading to a variety of issues. Some of the most common signs that parents notice that prompts them to have their infant examined for a lip and tongue tie include:

  • Difficulty latching while nursing
  • Sore nipples or clogged milk ducts.
  • Poor weight gain.
  • Excessive fussiness due to colic and digestion issues.
  • Aversion to foods with certain textures.

Why is It Important to Treat Lip & Tongue Ties?

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When not treated, lip and tongue ties can cause problems throughout your child’s life, including difficulty breastfeeding when they’re infants as well as speech development problems down the road. With a frenectomy, they’ll be able to move their lips and tongue more easily, allowing them to properly suck while nursing as well as making it easier for them to pronounce certain sounds. In cases where the lip and tongue ties are more severe, children without treatment can even develop breathing disorders. That’s why our team urges parents seek treatment for their child as soon as possible, when necessary.

What Happens During a Lip & Tongue Tie Treatment?

a dentist holding a soft tissue laser

At Midland Kid’s Dentist, we use a soft tissue laser to complete our frenectomies. This high-tech device emits a thin beam of light that can precisely remove overgrown oral tissue, all while cauterizing the area on-contact to minimize bleeding and pain. The enhanced precision of this instrument ensures that we don’t remove too much of the frenum, while its ability to kill bacteria in the surgical area helps drastically reduce recovery times and post-operative risk of infection.

Lip and Tongue Tie FAQs

Baby smiling after lip and tongue-tie treatment in Midland

As a parent of a child who requires treatment for a lip or tongue tie in Midland, it’s natural to have many questions. This is why Dr. Vupalla has made it easy to get the answers you need. By reviewing the list below, you can better understand the process and also get an idea of any remaining questions you might have that you would like to discuss with our team.

Does a frenectomy hurt?

No, you will be pleased to learn that laser frenectomies cause only minor discomfort. In most cases, it is not necessary for our team to apply any local anesthetic. The reason is that these lasers contain a precise laser that targets only the restricted band of tissue. It also cauterizes the tissue so that it minimizes the amount of bleeding your little one will experience. However, should we see that the banded tissue is rather thick, we will administer local anesthesia beforehand to ensure optimal comfort.

Is my child older enough to get lip or tongue tie treatment?

It might seem difficult to imagine your baby undergoing any kind of procedure, but a frenectomy is completely safe. The truth is there is no age minimum for this particular procedure. Because it can be performed within a few days of a baby’s birth, it is virtually available to everyone. And although you might hope that your child’s lip or tongue tie will simply go away on its own, this is impossible, which is why you should not postpone treatment. The quicker a frenectomy is performed, the faster your baby will enjoy greater oral function.

Can I be in the room during my child’s frenectomy?

It is unlikely that you will be allowed in the room during your child’s frenectomy. It can often be difficult for parents to watch, so if you exhibit any signs of distress, your child will also likely adopt the same mindset and reaction. Not to mention, our staff will be required to tend to your needs, which takes the focus off of your child. Our team must be focused solely on the patient, but once treatment is complete, you can expect that we will call you back into the room so that you can see and comfort your child.

How will you keep my baby still for a frenectomy?

Naturally, it is our goal to keep every patient comfortable during their visit. When it comes to babies and frenectomies, we must ensure that they do not wiggle during the procedure. This is curbed by swaddling the infant snugly so that they will remain still and comfortable. This also helps them to feel more secure, which can lead to a less stressful experience.