At LoFi Dental, we understand that concerns with you and your child’s health can be worrisome. We’re here to offer peace of mind and show you just how simple and pain-free treatment is right around the corner.
With highly precise lasers, common issues for children are easily treatable. This includes breastfeeding difficulties, lip and tongue restrictions, and other concerns related to speech or oral health. Laser treatment for tongue-tie, lip-tie, and frenectomy help with concerns for both mom and baby.
Laser treatment isn’t as scary as it might sound! Here’s how it works. First, know that a precision laser is used for all frenectomy procedures. This laser does not use heat or water and cauterizes as it works, minimizing bleeding, trauma, and scar tissue.
Frenum tissue is seen when lifting the tongue (lingual frenum) when looking in a mirror. If the upper lip (labial frenum) is raised, it connects the face to the upper jaw. Abnormally sized frenum tissue may affect oral function, movement, and appearance.
During a frenotomy, a laser uses light to vaporize the frenum under the tongue or upper lip to allow for a better range of motion. Some babies and children sleep right through the procedure with minimal discomfort and almost no bleeding. The laser sterilizes upon touch, reducing the chance of infection and stimulating healing.
The frenum attached to the tongue may sometimes be too large, restricting the tongue's movement. If left untreated, an oversized lingual frenum may lead to speech issues, misalignment of teeth, and inhibited jaw development.
Ankyloglossia, or tongue-tie, is the restriction of tongue movement resulting from fusion or adherence of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Tongue-tie happens when a frenum is abnormally short or attached too close to the tongue tip.
Normal tongue function allows a baby to latch adequately and breastfeed efficiently. It also promotes normal speech development, makes it possible for a child to self-cleanse the mouth during eating, allows adequate swallowing patterns and proper growth and development. It makes fun little things like eating ice cream, kissing, or sticking your tongue out to catch snowflakes possible.
A lip-tie occurs when the upper lip remains attached to the upper gum. It can lead to problems with speech and eating habits, jaw pain and protrusion, clicking jaws, difficulty kissing, licking lollipops or ice cream, a gap between teeth, pain with breastfeeding, and other oral health issues.
Sometimes infants struggle with breastfeeding. We know it can be frightening for a mom when her baby doesn't seem to want to feed. The struggle is often solved by a lactation consultant or bodyworker ensuring mom and baby have correct posture and latching techniques.
However, there are also cases when a baby's upper lip or tongue is tethered in a way that makes nursing painful or ineffective. In these instances, releasing their lip or tongue's frenum (Frenectomy) may be necessary.
An infant frenectomy can help mothers relieve the pain of breastfeeding, regaining healthy nipples and breasts. A properly latching infant stimulates milk production by adequate stimulation, which encourages bonding. Breastfeeding helps ensure proper nourishment and growth of the infant.
To see how a frenectomy can help you or your child, contact Dr. Lu with LoFi Dental for a consultation.