Anterior tongue tie is a common diagnosis for many newborns and infants. Although tongue ties are not uncommon, many parents are not aware of the conditions and symptoms or available treatments.
At Gep TOTs Dental Group, we specialize in dental laser treatments to quickly and painlessly correct a number of tongue and lip tie conditions, including anterior tongue ties.
For more information on anterior tongue tie and to learn more about our dental laser treatments, keep reading below or contact us today to book a consultation with our pediatric dentist and family dentist.
An anterior tongue tie is a condition commonly diagnosed at birth. This condition refers to when the tip of the tongue is fused to the floor of the infant’s mouth.
Although anterior tongue tie is not a dangerous condition, this does cause a number of symptoms that can be frustrating for both babies and parents.
The visible symptoms of anterior tongue tie in infants include:
While anterior tongue tie is often diagnosed during a baby’s newborn exam, it’s not always easy to spot right away and can be easily overlooked during the busyness of birth. These are the easiest tongue ties to recognize and are often released by the pediatrician at birth or soon after. Unfortunately, they are sometimes incompletely released and breastfeeding problems may continue to persist. Almost all anterior ties have a posterior component to it that may not have been addressed.
Common breastfeeding problems babies with an anterior tongue tie experience are:
Because an anterior tongue tie heavily interferes with a baby’s ability to breastfeed, it can also cause problems for the breastfeeding parent. If you are breastfeeding your infant and notice these symptoms, you may want to check if your baby is struggling with an anterior tongue tie:
Although an anterior tongue tie is not life threatening or dangerous, it is still important to have the condition treated by an experienced health professional to relieve symptoms and help both you and your baby be more comfortable.
Releasing your baby’s tongue tie will help:
By correcting these issues, tongue tie release will make breastfeeding easier on you and your baby and allow you and your baby to bond easier.
Even if you are not breastfeeding, correcting your baby’s tongue tie will be beneficial in preventing a number of other issues and complications.
Additional benefits of anterior tongue tie treatment include:
Back in the days of old, midwives were known to keep one of their fingernails long so that they would be able to cut and correct a newborn’s tongue tie at birth.
Luckily, treatment for anterior tongue tie has come a long way since then, and we have developed scientifically advanced procedures to correct tongue ties quickly and painlessly.
Today, pediatric dentists use one of two methods to treat anterior tongue tie: scalpel/scissors or dental lasers.
Soft tissue laser treatment for anterior tongue tie is an advanced, simple and safe procedure for releasing your child’s tongue. This procedure takes less than a few seconds to complete and works by “vaporizing” the soft tissue with light energy.
While scissor/scalpel and laser are effective and quick procedures for treating tongue tie, dental laser treatments have been shown to have a number of benefits over scalpel or treatments.
Dental Lasers Offer a Painless Procedure with Minimal Discomfort
Because dental lasers do not actually cut the tissue, they are able to provide a quick, procedure for your child. So in a newborn, freezing may not be required and will allow the baby to immediately breastfeeding postoperatively.
Dental Lasers Control and Minimize Bleeding
When a laser is used for tongue tie treatment, it vaporizes the tissue as it passes through. Because of this, laser procedures are able to prevent or minimize bleeding. Less bleeding also gives the dentist a clean field to visualize and do a complete release.
Dental Lasers Provide a Faster Healing Time
Healing time after dental laser treatments for anterior tongue tie is very quick because the laser stimulates bio-regeneration and healing.
Is your child struggling with symptoms of anterior tongue tie? Contact us today to learn more about dental laser treatment and book a consultation with our experienced pediatric dentist.