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Lip & Tongue-Tie: Know the Signs

Lip & Tongue-Tie: Know the Signs

Lip & Tongue-Tie: Know the Signs

There are several aspects to consider when it comes to taking care of our children, especially as a new parent. Whether it is feeding, bathing, or other new-born concerns, we want our babies to be happy and healthy. Something that often goes unnoticed due to the lack of awareness, is lip and tongue-tie in infants.

A lip-tie is when the frenulum, which connects the inside of the upper lip to the gums above the teeth, is thick or tight and prevents the upper lip from moving freely. A tongue-tie is when the lingual frenulum, which connects from the floor of the mouth to the lower part of the tongue, is thick or tight and affects the tongue’s ability to move. 

These conditions can have various impacts, such as difficulty latching during breastfeeding and discomfort for the mother. They can also hinder proper teeth eruption, impair speech, make swallowing challenging, and even raise the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Recognizing the signs of lip and tongue-ties in both baby and mom is essential when it comes to early discovery. 

What Symptoms can an Infant Experience?

  • Trouble breastfeeding (poor latch)
  • Clicking noises while breastfeeding
  • Poor weight gain
  • Reflux or spitting up often
  • Gassy or fussy
  • Frustration when eating
  • Unable to hold a pacifier
  • Prolonged nursing or bottle-feeding sessions

What Symptoms can a Mother Experience?

  • Discomfort when breastfeeding
  • Sore/blanched nipples after nursing
  • Low milk production
  • Blocked ducts and mastitis

What is the Solution?

One of the most common procedures to address a tongue or lip-tie issue in infants is called a frenectomy. This procedure involves removing the frenulum, to release the tissue, enabling better movement in the mouth.

At Inspire, we understand the importance of making this procedure as comfortable and convenient as possible for our patients. That is why we perform the frenectomy right in our office using a CO2 laser. This laser method is a gentle and minimally invasive approach that offers several benefits. It reduces bleeding during the procedure, minimizes discomfort after surgery, and promotes faster healing in the treated area.

We prioritize your comfort and well-being throughout the entire process, and our experienced team is dedicated to providing you with the best care possible. By choosing Inspire, you can feel confident that your infant’s frenectomy will be performed with precision and with your child’s comfort in mind.

Dr. Wanamaker performs laser frenectomies in children for reasons beyond latching or nursing issues alone. There is no age restriction for this procedure, and we are equipped to treat children of all ages.

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