Tongue Tie

A tongue tie is a membrane under the tongue that limits oral mobility. In severe cases, a tie can cause longterm dental problems, underdeveloped speech, or significant feeding problems that last beyond infancy.

If you’re struggling with some of these common feeding problems in newborns, your baby may have a tongue tie issue.

Here at Orem Pediatric Dentistry we use an exclusive Biolase Waterlase laser with a proprietary technique and bandage that prevents reattachment of the tissue eliminating the tearing the tissue. After healing we always get normal healthy gum tissue rather than scar tissue on the surgery site. We have done over 5000 of these surgeries with excellent healing.

An infant tongue tie is similar to a lip tie. This congenital oral condition, also known as an ankyloglossia, ties the baby’s tongue to the floor of the mouth, inhibiting mobility and causing latching difficulties.

If your baby is gagging, frequently detaching from the breast, or making a clicking sound while feeding, they could have an infant tongue tie problem.

But this is actually good news, because it means your infant feeding difficulties can be fixed.

It isn’t uncommon for tongue ties to occur simultaneously. Your pediatric dentist can confirm whether your baby has one or both.

Not only do breastfeeding babies with a tongue tie exhibit the above symptoms, but mothers suffer their own set of symptoms, too.

You may experience:

– Mastitis or blocked milk ducts
– Bleeding from gumming or improper latching
– Breast and nipple tenderness during or after feedings
– Frustration and fatigue from seemingly never-ending feedings
– Engorged breasts after feedings, as though your infant barely drank anything

Tongue Tie Procedure

In the case of a tongue tie procedure, or lingual frenectomy, Dr. Howell uses the WaterLase to gently cut back the lingual frenulum, or the membrane that tethers the tongue to the bottom of the mouth.

This tongue tie correction increases mobility of the tongue and can eliminate infant feeding issues.

Schedule an appointment with a pediatric dentist who specializes in tongue tie treatments, like Dr. Howell. This way, you’ll be sure to get an expert on the job who can reduce the risk of infection.

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Was your baby born tongue tied?

Dr. R Bruce Howell and his team can end your feeding frustrations right now.

A tongue tied baby can be difficult to feed. But there’s hope for improving your little one’s ability to latch and drink correctly.

Most mothers report significant, immediate feeding improvement after a quick, painless procedure at our office. Contact us now to transform your feeding experience in as little as 48 hours.

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