Laser Frenectomy for Tongue-Tie and After-Care Tips

Tongue-tie and lip-tie are conditions that affect newborn babies and, if not corrected, also impact the person throughout life. Gep TOTs Dental Group offers tongue-tie treatments using dental lasers. The benefits of laser tongue-tie and lip-tie treatments include faster healing times and reduced post-operative pain. More about tongue-tie follows as well as some tips on post-procedure care of laser frenectomies.

What is Tongue-Tie?

The medical term for tongue-tie is “ankyloglossia,” and it is restriction of the tongue due to an abnormally short frenum or a frenum attached too close to the top of the tongue. Normal tongue function is not possible, and, as a result, tongue-tie causes a range of problems.

Newborns are unable to latch onto their mother’s breast to feed. A baby can fail to thrive due to the hindrances caused by tongue-tie. The following are more of the symptoms of tongue-tie at various ages:

  • The lower jaws protrude
  • Poor dental health, such as a tendency to have inflamed gums
  • Heightened risk of dental decay
  • Jaw pain
  • The jaws make a clicking sound
  • Unable to speak clearly if talking rapidly, loudly, or softly.
  • Speech and eating habits are affected by an inability to widely open the mouth
  • Difficulties flossing and brushing
  • Because the maxillary frenum is prominent and low, it suffers repeated trauma
  • When the elderly have dentures, tongue-tie makes keeping the dentures in place difficult

Benefits of a Laser Frenotomy for Newborns

Breastfeeding is the healthiest choice for babies, but tongue-tie creates complications. The following are benefits of having a laser frenotomy for a newborn:

  • The pain of breastfeeding is relieved, making it possible to enjoy restored health to the nipples and breasts.
  • Breastfeeding is more successful.
  • Milk production is stimulated as a result of the baby being able to latch on and receive nourishment.
  • The baby is able to feed properly and grow at a normal pace, rather than getting behind on the growing curve.
  • The bond between mother and baby is strengthened.
  • The baby will have the benefit of avoiding numerous problems, including improper tooth spacing, social stigma, speech impairments, and dental caries, better known as cavities.

Post-Operative Care following a Laser Frenotomy/Frenectomy

Once a laser frenotomy has been performed, active wound management is important. Parents should be playful to offset the discomfort the child will feel. Below are a few examples of the many tips for stretching exercises:

  • Forceful or prolonged exercises are not recommended.
  • Quick, precise movements are most effective during stretching exercises.
  • Remember that a small amount of bleeding, also known as “spotting,” is normal during exercises, particularly in the first few days.
  • Prevent reattachment of the tissues in the mouth with frequent, not forceful, stretching.
  • For best results, proper active wound management is necessary.

Schedule a Laser Frenotomy at Gep TOTS Dental Group

Tongue-tie and lip-tie are conditions that involve tethered oral tissues (TOTs) or the frenulum. Our specialists at Gep TOTs Dental Group recommend scheduling a check-up as soon as possible or when suggested by your pediatrician or doctor. The earlier a laser frenotomy is performed, the easier it is on the patient. We are located at Woodbridge Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics in Renaissance Commercial Plaza, 8099 Weston Rd., Unit 23, in Vaughan, ON. Call us today at (647) 492-7059.

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