Tongue-Lip ties have been addressed in this blog previously. However, it has been a while since we wrote on Tongue-Lip Ties. And babies seem to be popping up everywhere this summer. Thus we thought parents might appreciate a little review. So today we will present the truth about tongue-and-lip ties, and the pediatric dentists who defeat them.
Checking for tongue or lip ties as well other oral anomalies is part of the reason our patients bring their babies into the dentist for a meet and greet, even while they are still tiny. That exam and the pride of their big brothers and sisters is why we are delighted to see them even though they are quite toothless.
The Laser, The Tongue-Lip Ties, The Baby and You
In dentistry, lasers are not weapons of war, but powerful instruments of healing. In fact, dentists have been using small, modern lightsabers since 1990. Here at Dentistry for Children, Dr. Troy King delicately corrects Tongue-and-Lip ties with a type of delicate laser instrument termed a soft tissue laser.
Experts have said, “…the use of lasers for very delicate surgery has revolutionized the treatment.”
Why Do Tongue-Lip Ties Require Surgery?
There are several important reasons the Tongue-and-Lip ties can interfere with a baby’s normal growth and development:
1. Either a Tongue or a Lip Tie can seriously interfere with a baby’s ability to breast-feed.
2. If the condition is not alleviated, a toddler will have difficulty forming proper words in any language.
3. Then the problem will turn social and psychological. You see, in older children, difficulty in speech and eating can contribute to low self-esteem and poor self-image.
Enter, the Jedi Knight and His Laser Sword
To avoid these destructive and miserable consequences, Dr. Troy King will perform a tiny surgery under a baby’s tongue with his laser. Let’s check out the backstory of the little anomaly that can do so much damage if left untreated.
1. The tongue-Lip Tie is medically termed ankyloglossia. It is caused by a small tight piece of skin between the underside of a person’s tongue and the floor of their mouth.
2. This small tight piece of skin is called Frenulum or frenum.
3. In a Frenectomy, Dr. King will remove, snip or alter this tiny piece of tissue, releasing your baby’s tongue to move freely and properly.
About Your Baby’s Frenectomy
We have confided previously that most pediatric dentists are Jedi Knights in disguise. Most of “our” patient’s baby’s older brothers and sisters know this secret. And they might even have had the honor of seeing Dr. King’s tiny, beautiful lightsaber (the laser scalpel.)
There is very little pain or blood and by its nature, the laser is sterile. Even as it removes tissue, it seals surrounding cells with a healing touch. Amazingly, some babies sleep through this procedure.
Reasons for Releasing a Baby’s Tongue-Lip Ties
1. Understandably, if a baby cannot breast-feed properly, he or she may be afflicted with low body weight and poor nutrition for development.
2. A mother who is attempting to breast-feed a baby with this problem will suffer physically as well as emotionally. Since the baby cannot nurse properly, the mother suffers a great deal of pain during nursing. And sometimes, infection results. For more information about breastfeeding and this condition, visit this online resource.
3. The palate might suffer from incorrect development and tooth spacing can definitely be effected with some tongue-lip ties.
Mysteries and Clues for Parents: Visible Signs of Tongue-Lip Ties in your Infant
There are a few visible signs that can be considered warnings that your baby might require this procedure for proper breastfeeding. Look closely and check out this tell-tale list:
A. You will easily notice the baby’s tongue has a V-shaped notch at the tip, shaping the tongue like a heart.
B. Obviously, the baby cannot put his or her tongue on the roof of the mouth.
C. The baby’s tongue will not stick out past the upper gum.
D. Moving the tongue from one side to the other is awkward, avoided, or obviously uncomfortable.
With these clues and an uncomfortable breastfeeding situation as evidence, Dr. King can examine and perhaps perform a Frenectomy on babies who having difficulty nursing.
Some of our patients here at Dentistry For Children are only a few days old. This simple surgical procedure can have life-changing results when performed by our own Jedi Knight in his dentist disguise.
In Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Words, “The Force is strong with this one!”
Thank you for reading our blog from Dentistry for Children. We hope you will return to next week for a sequel or part 2 of this laser saga, in which we will continue with some exciting frenectomy facts in older children as well as babies.
Tongue-Tied: Defeating the Dark Side of Tongue Tied or Lip Tied
In our previous blog article, we opened the topic of tongue-tie and lip ties. Here at Dentistry for Children, our dentist, Dr. Troy King is the master of the laser surgery that corrects the tongue tie.
Some of our Tongue-and-Lip Ties patients, have given him Jedi Knight status. He achieved this by changing their lives with this modern treatment and the “force” of his light-saber, the 21st-century surgical laser.
From the Great Dentist’s Office in a Universe Far, Far Away
As we stated previously in a blog from a universe far, far, away…at least some time ago…
- “With skilled and tiny strokes of his laser, Dr. King can free a baby and young mother from the bondage of difficulties in breast-feeding.
- With this surgery, he can free a toddler to learn to pronounce words more clearly.
- With his talented laser scalpel, he can free a young child from the dark-side of a life-time of communication difficulties.
- He can prevent the onslaught of low self-esteem.”
Thank you for reading this week’s blog about Tongue-Lip Ties and Dr. Kings amazing lightsaber Laser. There are more details which we will reveal in Part II of this topic, coming next week when we defeat the myths of being tongue-tied.