Lip Tie and Tongue Tie Release

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A TONGUE TIE OR LIP TIE?

This condition is sometimes diagnosed by a pediatrician at birth, or by a nurse or lactation consultant in a breastfeeding baby. The most significant ties are usually found this way. However, in many cases babies with lip and tongue ties are not diagnosed and grow to older children or even adults when certain symptoms may finally lead a doctor, dentist, or speech therapist to be suspicious of a restriction.

WHAT KINDS OF SYMPTOMS CAN BE RELATED TO A TONGUE OR LIP TIE?

The symptoms are many! In babies, poor feeding (especially breastfeeding), frequent vomiting or spitting up, poor sleep, unsatisfied eating. In children and adults, the symptoms range from continued poor eating habits, messy eating or slow eating, digestive problems (from poorly-chewed food), cavities, gum tissue loss, speech problems, poor dental development with crowded teeth, mouth breathing, jaw pain, headaches, facial pain, neck and shoulder pain, difficulty swallowing, poor sleep and sleep disorders…

HOW IS THIS CORRECTED?

In our office, we use a dental laser to revise the tongue or lip ties. The area is frozen with either a strong topical anesthetic (for babies) or regular dental freezing for children and adults. The procedure takes about 5 minutes for babies, and up to 30 minutes for adults depending on the severity of the ties. Our patients are completely comfortable during the entire procedure! After treatment, the area will feel like a very big “pizza burn”, there may be some swelling of the area, and diet will be limited in the first days after the revision. For nursing babies, we will provide a quiet and private area to nurse your baby directly after treatment is complete.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR TONGUE TIE AND LIP TIE REVISION?

We require all children and adult tongue tie patients to complete a minimum of 4 weeks of Myofunctional Therapy provided in our office prior to the procedure. The muscle of the tongue and position of the lips is most often altered by the tie, and we have found our patients recover much better and gain added tongue and lip function more quickly and completely when therapy begins before the procedure. Once a patient demonstrates they can do the therapy exercises we’ve given, the procedure can be scheduled. After the revision procedure, Myofunctional Therapy exercises continue for a minimum of 4 weeks along with proper care of the revision area. All of the needed training can be done right in our office!