Tongue and Lip Tie Services
Stone Oak Pediatric Dentistry and Dominion Pediatric Dentistry offer state of the art laser services to infants and children who have conditions commonly referred to as tongue tie or lip tie in the areas of Boerne, Bulverde and Helotes. Our pediatric dentist uses a CO2 soft tissue dental laser to provide precise, minimally invasive treatment to release the tongue or lip tie which can be done in our Stone Oak office. This common dental surgical procedure is known as laser frenectomy. There are many benefits of the laser frenectomy which include the following: promotes healing and reduces post-procedural discomfort, minimizes bleeding, shorter procedure and healing time, reduced risk of infection and is safe for newborns with immediate results.
Our pediatric dentists work together with your pediatrician, lactation consultant, oral myofunctional therapist, speech pathologist and other health care providers to ensure that the frenectomy procedure is the best course of treatment for your baby/child. This “team approach” often helps rule out other problems that may be contributing to the difficulties your child may be experiencing as a result of tongue or lip tie. Our services include an exam and consultation visit, treatment visit and post-treatment visit with instructions and demonstration of recommended stretching/healing exercises to minimize the risk of reattachment.
Our knowledgeable and caring staff look forward to assisting you by answering your questions and scheduling a consult visit with one of three board certified pediatric dentists who are trained in CO2 laser procedures. You may reach our Stone Oak Pediatric Dentistry office in San Antonio at 210-491-4141.
- Dr. Susie Hayden
- Dr. Courtney Alexander
- Dr. Renee Mikulec
What is a Tongue Tie?
A tongue tie is a condition present at birth that limits the range of motion of the tongue because the frenum (connective tissue) located under the tongue is too tight or fails to recede or thin during normal development in the womb.
What is a Lip Tie?
A lip tie is a condition where the frenum (connective tissue) located between the lips and the gums is short or connected too tightly to the gums.
What problems can be associated with tongue tie and lip tie?
Tongue and/or lip tie conditions that may limit or restrict the range of motion of the tongue or lip can cause a multitude of difficulties for infants and children.
Infants – In infants these conditions may result in the following difficulties: poor latch during nursing, poor weight gain, irritability during or after nursing, reflux or spitting up often, clicking or smacking noises while nursing, pulling away to gasp for air while nursing, dribbles milk while nursing, frequently fussy or has gas, and sleeping difficulties.
Children –In children these conditions may result in speech disorders, problems with chewing and swallowing, sleep disordered breathing (apnea), severe bruxism, malocclusion and difficulties related to dental hygiene resulting in tooth decay and gum problems.