Dental Laser Treatment for Lip Tie Release

Related to tongue tie conditions, a lip tie is another type of tethered oral tissue (TOT) that occurs when the lip is tethered to the upper gum. While most infants have some degree of lip attachment to the gums, if the attachment is large or tight enough it can begin to restrict movement and cause problems feeding.

At Gep TOTs Dental Group, we specialize in a variety of tethered oral tissue conditions, such as tongue or lip ties. Our experienced pediatric dentist uses soft tissue dental laser equipment to quickly treat lip ties in children and infants with minimal discomfort.

Keep reading below to learn more about the signs, symptoms and treatment options for lip tie; or, get in touch with us to book a consultation with our pediatric dentist today.

Signs and Symptoms of Lip Tie

The most obvious sign of a lip tie is the visual appearance of a tight frenulum attaching the lip to the upper gums. This can be easily seen by folding up the upper lip.

Depending on severity, a lip tie may not cause any problems. However, depending on how tight the tie is, it may cause significant problems with feeding and tooth brushing that can lead to a number of other health issues for both your baby and yourself.

Symptoms of Lip Tie in Babies

Some specific issues when it comes to feeding – specifically breastfeeding – that a baby with lip tie may struggle with include:

  • Difficulty latching and staying attached for a full feed
  • Prolonged breastfeeding due to an inability to create a good seal
  • Need for frequent feeding

These issues can prevent your baby from getting enough to eat, causing other significant health problems.

Other noticeable symptoms an infant with lip tie may present are:

  • Gassiness
  • Colic
  • Reflux and vomiting
  • Difficulty gaining weight
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Gap between teeth (later date)
  • Cavities due to inability to brush front teeth due to discomfort from tooth brush trauma

Symptoms Experienced by Breastfeeding Parents

Since a lip tie can impact a baby’s ability to feed regularly, the condition can also cause a number of painful and uncomfortable symptoms for breastfeeding parents as well.

Parents breastfeeding an infant with lip tie may experience:

  • Low milk supply
  • Plugged ducts or mastitis
  • Sleep deprivation due to frequent night feedings

When to Seek Treatment for a Lip Tie

For parents, it is important to remember that many infants have some degree of lip tie. In many cases, an infant or child’s lip tie will be mild and will not interfere with normal activities or growth, and treatment is only necessary if problems begin to arise.

Make sure to let your child’s dentist know of any symptoms you or child have been experiencing. If you see or feel a lip tie in your baby, it’s important that you consult with an experienced pediatric dentist to see if treatment is needed.

How Lip Tie is Treated

If your pediatric dentist decides that treatment is necessary, a lip tie can be treated with one of two methods: scissors/scalpel or dental laser. At Gep TOTs Dental Group, we are most concerned with providing your child a safe and comfortable experience, which is why we work with only state of the art dental laser equipment.

How Does Dental Laser Treatment Work for Lip Ties?

Soft tissue dental laser is a safe, effective and comfortable treatment for tethered oral tissues, including both tongue and lip ties. Quick and minimally uncomfortable, this advanced treatment “vaporizes” the tied tissue and releases the lip so that your baby can feed and grow regularly.

Is Dental Laser Treatment the Best Option for my Child?

While both scissor/scalpel and laser treatments have their benefits, dental laser can provide a much safer and more comfortable option for your child. Performed by our experienced pediatric dentist, this treatment comes with several benefits, including:

A Comfortable and Pain-free Procedure

One of the biggest differences between scissor/scalpel treatment and soft tissue laser is that scissors and scalpels cut through the tie, whereas lasers only “vaporize” through it. Since the dental laser doesn’t actually cut any tissue, the procedure is essentially painless. Pain from these procedures is minimal.

Minimized Bleeding and Risk of Infection

Dental lasers do not cauterize. Cauterization is burning the tissue which can cause much post-operative discomfort. A dental laser uses a highly focused laser beam that vaporizes tissue with a high water content.  In addition, it sterilizes the tissue immediately as they work through the tie. This means that lasers are able to control bleeding and minimize the risk of infection.

Speedy Recovery

Because dental lasers vaporize and sterilize the tissue as they work, it actually helps to stimulate bio-regeneration and healing. When lasers are used to release a lip tie, little to no scar tissue is formed, allowing for a speedier recovery.

Have you seen or felt a lip tie on your infant or child? If you suspect your child may have a lip tie, it’s important that you speak to an experienced pediatric dentist to see if they need treatment. Get in touch with us today to learn more about lip tie and book a consultation with our pediatric dentist.


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