Lip and Tongue Tie – Katy, TX
Improving Oral Movement for Healthier Smiles
Wondering why your baby isn’t latching correctly? Curious as to why your child’s speech isn’t developing as it should? It could be that they have a lip and/or tongue tie that is hindering their ability to perform normal oral functions. Although extremely common in babies and young children, the team at Happy Chompers Pediatric Dentistry wants to ensure your little one has a full range of motion when it comes to their lip and tongue. By having a frenectomy in Katy performed, you and your child will notice a positive change in the way they eat, speak, and breathe. To learn more about this quick and easy procedure, contact our office today.
What is a Lip/Tongue Tie?
When looking at your child’s mouth, you may notice a small band of tissue located underneath the tongue and upper lip. Commonly known as the frenulum, it can range in size and potentially cause problems for both you and your little one. If the tissue is too short or thick, you will find that your baby will have a harder time eating. This poor latch can lead to poor nutrition and underdevelopment. If the problem is not addressed, your child could experience various dental and speech-related problems, ultimately affecting their quality of life.
What Are the Signs of a Lip/Tongue Tie?
The most common signs of a lip/tongue tie include:
- Symptoms of colic or reflux
- Difficulty latching while trying to nurse
- Quickly falls asleep while trying to latch
- Gumming or chewing the nipple while attempting to nurse
- Difficulty using a bottle or holding a pacifier within the mouth
- Insufficient weight gain
- Difficulty sticking tongue out
If you are breastfeeding, you may notice that your breasts are inflamed, or your nipples are sore and cracked. It is also possible to have a low milk supply. If any of these occurs, it could be an additional sign that your child has a lip/tongue tie.
How Is It Treated?
The process of treating a lip/tongue tie is quite simple. Your pediatric dentist in Katy will examine your little one’s mouth to determine where the problem exists. The best time to have a frenectomy is before your child reaches 12 months of age; however, we can perform one even if your child is older.
Depending on the age of your child, we may need to administer anesthesia or sedation. The entire procedure takes only one minute, and Dr. A will use a soft tissue laser to quickly release the band of tissue, allowing them to freely move their lip or tongue. By using this type of dental technology, it cauterizes the tissue, reducing the amount of bleeding and possible infection.
After 1-2 weeks, the area should be completely healed.