Tongue & Lip-Tie Release Near You
Sometimes, a tongue or lip-tie can cause more than just speech difficulties. Without early treatment, it can lead to developmental issues and create challenges with breastfeeding, causing frustration for both mother and child. We are proud to offer state-of-the-art laser dentistry for tongue and lip-tie release in our office, providing a more comfortable smile for your child.
When a small strip of tissue, known as a frenum, connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth or the upper lip to the upper jaw with excessive tension, it is called a tongue or lip-tie. This restricted mobility can affect a child’s behavioral and physical development. However, we can address this issue through a quick procedure called a “frenectomy.”
When Is Tongue or Lip-Tie Treatment Necessary?
Treatment for tongue or lip-tie surgery becomes necessary when it starts to impact your child’s development. While some signs may not be immediately noticeable, it is crucial to seek professional assistance when they do appear.
Signs that may indicate your baby has a tongue or lip-tie include:
- Difficulties with breastfeeding or bottle feeding (reflux, colic, clicking noises)
- Milk leakage from the mouth during feeding
- Clicking or smacking noises while eating
- Slow or poor weight gain compared to other babies
- Impaired speech
- Sleep disturbances or teeth grinding at night
Does My Child Have a Lip or Tongue-Tie?
Identifying tongue or lip-ties may not always be straightforward, and they often go unrecognized until later in life when other issues arise. If your child is having difficulty nursing, especially if you wish to breastfeed, it is beneficial to check if a tongue or lip-tie is preventing successful suckling.
What Are the Benefits of In-Office Laser Frenectomies?
By utilizing a laser, Dr. Justin can perform tongue and lip-tie releases quickly and safely in our office. This approach eliminates the need for sedation in young children and promotes faster healing compared to traditional surgical methods.
Your child’s lip or tongue-tie can have long-lasting effects on their life.
Schedule a Consultation Today
At SCV Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we offer a safe and non-invasive solution to release tension, improving their quality of life for years to come. Contact us at (661) 259-2960 to learn more about tongue and lip-tie treatment in Santa Clarita or to schedule an appointment today!