Serving Flower Mound, TX, and Surrounding Areas
If a tongue or lip tie is causing feeding difficulties or interfering with your child's quality of life, Happy Pediatric Dental of Flower Mound is here to help. We're pleased to offer laser frenectomies, a minimally invasive alternative to tongue or lip tie release surgery. The safe and gentle procedure will improve the range of motion and help your little one thrive.
What Are Tongue-Ties and Lip-Ties?
Inside the mouth are thin pieces of tissue called frenula that help stabilize the tongue and lips. The lingual frenulum corrects the base of the tongue to the floor of the mouth, while the maxillary labial frenulum attaches the center of the upper lip to the gum tissues between the two top teeth.
Some children are born with unusually thick or short lingual frenula that limit their tongue's ability to move, leading to tongue ties. Others may have unusually thick or tight maxillary labial frenula that restrict or interfere with upper lip mobility, a condition known as a lip tie.
What Problems Do Tongue and Lip-Ties Create?
For many children, tongue and lip-ties may not pose any significant problems. However, many babies struggle with breastfeeding because of difficulty latching, often leading to poor weight gain. Complications of tongue and lip-ties also include gum recession, tooth decay, speech delays, airway difficulties, increased gaps between the front teeth, and orthodontic problems.
Why Choose Laser Frenectomies?
A frenectomy is a procedure designed to release the tongue or lip tie, allowing for a better range of motion. At Happy Pediatric Dental of Flower Mound, we offer laser frenectomies using the LightScapel CO2 soft tissue laser, a safe and gentle alternative to traditional surgical releases.
Unlike surgical frenectomies, laser tongue or lip tie releases require no anesthesia or stitches, are virtually painless, and need minimal recovery time. Your little one will have minimal bleeding, less risk of infection or complications, and can resume nursing right after the procedure.
Healing After Laser Frenectomies
Make sure to follow the postoperative instructions we provide you to promote healing. We’ll show you how to perform stretching exercises, which you’ll need to do several times a day for approximately four weeks to prevent the frenulum from reattaching. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our friendly team for guidance.
Laser Tongue and Lip Tie Procedures Near Me in Flower Mound, TX
If you're looking for a pediatric dentistry practice offering gentle, kid-friendly care, we invite you to visit Happy Pediatric Dental of Flower Mound. Dr. Harman and his team will do everything they can to ensure your child is comfortable and happy while receiving the best possible care.
To learn more about our gentle and pain-free tongue and lip-tie releases, we invite you to call our office at 469-240-5128 or fill out our online form to request an appointment today. We look forward to caring for your child's smile!
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