At Happy Chompers Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. A and his team of experts know it can be concerning when you discover that your child has a tongue tie in Katy. This, along with lip ties, is commonly found among babies and for some, poses no problems whatsoever. However, for the number of children who have short, thick bands of tissues underneath their tongue and/or upper lip, it can cause difficulties with breastfeeding, taking a bottle, or even speech later in life. If you would like Dr. A to examine your child’s tongue or lip tie, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
The most common problems that can occur from a lip or tongue tie include:
Children who did not receive treatment for their lip or tongue tie as an infant can go on to have problems with their speech, breathing, and eating. The restricted movement of the tongue can also cause oral health to suffer because of the inability to swipe food and other harmful bacteria out of the mouth after eating or drinking.
If you are looking to have your child’s lip or tongue tie released, it is recommended that you speak to your pediatric dentist in Katy. Dr. A has a wealth of experience in performing frenectomies as they are called. First, he will examine your child’s mouth and determine if the lip and/or tongue tie is severe enough to warrant this quick procedure. If so, you can expect the following steps to occur:
By choosing to use a soft tissue laser, it not only quickly releases the tie, but it also cauterizes in the process, minimizing the bleeding and preventing possible infection.
You will receive detailed instructions that explain how to perform certain stretches to avoid the band of tissue reattaching. After 1-2 weeks, your child should be fully healed and moving their tongue and/or lip without restriction.
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