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From Recovery to Insurance, We Answer Your Main Questions About Laser Frenectomy (Non-Surgical Tongue-Tie Treatments)

Ankyloglossia, commonly referred to as a tongue-tie, is an oral condition that is present at birth and hinders the tongue’s natural range of motion. Typically, a thick, short and tight band of tissue, the lingual frenulum, attaches the skin beneath the tongue’s tip to the floor of the mouth.  Because of this condition, breastfeeding might become tricky as the baby is unable to open its mouth wide enough to properly latch on. Likewise, swallowing, speaking and lifting the tongue to perform any movement may also become difficult.  This phenomenon is more common than you might think with about 4 to 11% of babies being born with a tongue-tie.  At Gep TOTs Dentistry, our team diagnoses and treats, infants, children and adults with tethered oral tissues that include tongue- and lip-ties.  Dr. Phu-My Gep is experienced and certified in this field and has successfully performed countless tongue-tie treatment without surgery at…

How to Prepare For Your Child’s Laser Tongue-Tie Treatment

If your child has been diagnosed with a tongue-tie, a medical procedure known as a Frenectomy may be required to treat the condition. This is a simple treatment involving the use of a laser to surgically cut the frenulum and remove the tongue-tie.  Laser Tots offers posterior tongue treatment services in Vaughan to help correct this condition.  Although the surgery is safe and pain will be minimal, medical procedures can be scary for young children. Let’s examine some things you can do to effectively prepare for your child’s treatment.     What Happens During a Frenectomy? A Frenectomy is a quick and painless procedure in which a soft tissue laser is used to cut the piece of tissue that is connecting your child’s tongue to the bottom of the mouth.  The laser effectively “vaporizes” the soft tissue, freeing up the tongue for a full range of movement. The laser itself also…

Can Tongue Ties Affect Speech Development?

Being “tongue-tied” is more than just a playful expression – it’s a real medical condition that can cause discomfort and pain to your toddler as well as making breastfeeding difficult. At Gep TOTS, we are experienced in diagnosing and treating infants, children, adolescents and even adults with tethered oral issues. Our clinic is located in Vaughan, and we perform laser release of tongue and lip ties, keeping bleeding and downtime to a minimum. To treat this condition, we must first understand it. Let’s take a closer look at how it can affect your toddler and how you can help your child.     What Is A Tongue-Tie? Ankyloglossia, otherwise known as a tongue-tie, is a condition that occurs at birth and hinders a toddler’s ability to feed. It is caused by an inadequate connection between the tongue and the lower mouth area. Underneath the tongue is a small strip of tissue…

Infant Lip and Tongue Ties: Why Laser Dental Care is Safer Than Surgical Options

If you’ve noticed your toddler struggling to breastfeed or making a clicking noise while nursing, they may suffer from a condition known as tongue or lip ties.  What is a tongue tie? A tongue tie is a condition that occurs at birth and hinders the free range of motion of the tongue. It is caused by a short, tight or thick strip of tissue, the frenulum, that ties the bottom of the tongue’s tip to the bottom of the mouth.  What is a lip tie? A lip tie occurs when a piece of tissue, known as the frenulum, behind the upper lip is too stiff or thick to the point where they restrict the free mobility of the lip.  Gep TOTS is a trusted dental clinic in Vaughan with highly trained doctors who specialize in upper lip tie treatments for toddlers and tongue tie releases without surgery. We use a…

How Tongue-Tie Affects Babies, Nursing Moms, and Children

Tongue-tie, or “ankyloglossia,” is a condition in which soft tissue connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth in a way that restricts the tongue and causes various challenges. Among newborn babies, difficulty breastfeeding is often caused by tongue-tie. A frenectomy is a very simple, quick, and virtually painless solution when a baby is still very young. If a child with tongue-tie isn’t treated early, additional problems continue as the child grows. This common reality is one of the best reasons to go ahead and have a needed frenectomy while a baby is still very small or, if not then, as early as possible. Signs that a Baby Has Tongue-Tie Approximately 4% to 11% of newborn babies are born with tongue-tie, and it is estimated that about half have difficulty feeding as a result. Sometimes the problem is that the frenulum is connected toward the tip of the tongue….

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