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Lip & Tongue-Tie Treatment – Mesquite, TX

Frenectomies for Freer Oral Movement

Does your child have difficulty breastfeeding? Is it more challenging for your child to move their lips or tongue than it should be? They may have a lip or tongue tie, a condition that is found in about 5% of newborns. Lip ties or tongue ties can cause stress for you and your baby, and can even cause serious issues later in life. Fortunately, at Texas Dentistry, we offer frenectomies for freer oral movement. Lip and tongue tie treatment in Mesquite is a quick and conservative way to help your little one get a healthier, more functional smile.

How Do Lip and Tongue-Ties Develop?

Closeup of lip and tongue tie in Mesquite

If you look closely at your baby’s mouth, you’ll see a thin band of tissue underneath their upper lip and another one beneath their tongue. These are call frenula, and they help support movement in the mouth, particularly with latching and speaking. However, if the frenula are too thick, they restrict movement. Doctors and dentists are still unsure what causes lip or tongue ties to develop in the first place, but studies suggest that they run in families.

Why Is It Important to Treat Lip & Tongue-Ties?

Baby smiles after frenectomy in Mesquite

Minor lip ties or tongue ties may not need to be treated and instead will go away on their own as a child grows. However, more moderate cases often need to be addressed right away due to the problems they cause, such as:

If your baby is exhibiting any of the above symptoms, it’s best to call us and schedule an appointment right away. We’ll discuss your concerns and evaluate your little one to see if a lip or tongue tie is present and if a frenectomy is needed.

Lip & Tongue Tie-Treatment

Mother hugging her baby after lip and tongue tie in Mesquite

The most common lip and tongue tie treatment is called a frenectomy. This procedure can be done for patients of any age with a lip or tongue tie, though it is more common for babies. Regardless, the procedure works in largely the same way: first, we’ll numb the area thoroughly to ensure maximum comfort. Then, using specialized tools, we’ll remove a very small amount of excess tissue. The entire treatment is typically completed in one quick and easy appointment. Before sending you and your little one home, we’ll walk you through some important post-op tips for speeding up recovery.

Lip & Tongue Tie FAQs

Woman breastfeeding baby

Does your child have a lip or tongue tie? Fortunately, at Texas Dentistry, we offer frenectomies for freer oral movement. However, you may still have some unanswered questions about the procedure, so we’re here to help! Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about lip & tongue ties in Mesquite. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’d be happy to address any questions or concerns that you have.

How Should I Prepare My Baby for a Frenectomy?

There is very little preparation needed before a frenectomy. We generally recommend feeding your child 60-90 minutes before the procedure so that they are a little hungry and ready to nurse or feed afterward. In the day or two leading up to the procedure, you may do several exercises with your baby to help them practice suction with their tongue. For example, place a clean finger on their tongue and allow them to suck on it. Gently pull it away, forcing them to work a little harder to keep it in.

Is My Child Old Enough to Get Lip or Tongue-Tie Treatment?

The thought of your little one going through a procedure can seem scary at first, but there is no minimum age limit for getting a lip or tongue-tie treated. It can even be performed a few days after birth. Because lip and tongue ties won’t go away on their own, there isn’t any reason to postpone treatment. The sooner the problem is addressed, the sooner your baby can have improved oral function.

How Will You Keep My Baby Still for the Frenectomy?

We don’t want the procedure to be unpleasant for your baby, but babies are wiggly, and precision is very important. Rather than being sedated, babies can often be snugly swaddled, helping them to remain still during their procedure – keeping them both comfortable and secure.

When Can I Start Nursing My Baby After a Frenectomy?

In most cases, breastfeeding immediately after the procedure is encouraged. Not only does breastmilk offer essential nutrients for the baby’s healing, but the comforting act of nursing can help your baby settle down and start recovery. In many cases, improvement with latching on can be seen right away. However, if your baby still struggles with nursing, do your best to be patient. They may need more time to get used to their new, functional tongue or lip. It might take a few more feedings to get the hang of it!

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