While lip and tongue-ties are usually associated with infants and breastfeeding, they are actually problems that can affect patients at any age. In addition to making eating and speaking extremely difficult or uncomfortable, these issues can also interfere with someone’s dental development and even prevent normal breathing! While treatment use to require surgery, these days, the solution only takes a few minutes and causes no tears—even for babies! Dr. Snarr and Dr. Crofoot can not only diagnose lip and tongue-ties, but they can also take care of them quickly and easily, often at the same appointment! To learn more about how this works, read on below.
If you take a moment to feel around your mouth, you’ll find that you have three thin bands of tissue called frenums. One connects each lip to your gums, and another is found beneath the tongue. They help these parts of the mouth function properly, and they are supposed to lengthen and loosen during gestation. Sometimes, however, this doesn’t happen, and the frenums end up being rather short or tight. As a result, the tongue and/or lips become restricted and less able to move, leading to a host of short and long-term problems.
If you suspect that you or your child may be struggling with a lip or tongue tie, then go ahead and schedule a visit to Cornerstone Family Dental. With a short exam, Dr. Snarr or Dr. Crofoot can determine if a lip or tongue-tie is present, and time permitting, they can use a laser to get rid of it.
This procedure is called a laser frenectomy, and it offers several advantages compared to the previous method of using surgical scissors. Firstly, the laser emits practically no heat, sound, or vibration, so the experience is practically painless. Plus, the laser allows our dentists to be much more precise and remove the smallest amount of tissue necessary, which leads to faster and more comfortable healing. And, the laser naturally cauterizes blood vessels as it goes, reducing bleeding to the point of not existing. It’s so gentle that even infants can undergo the treatment while remaining completely relaxed without local anesthetic. Many babies are able to breastfeed just a few minutes afterward.
Lip and tongue ties can be tremendously frustrating for children and parents alike, but a solution is waiting for you at Cornerstone Family Dental, and it will likely only take 5-10 minutes to deliver a lifetime of increased comfort and wellbeing. To learn more about getting a frenectomy in Rexburg, contact us today.
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