Your Dentist Can Work Magic with His Laser Sword.
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