October 17, 2018
Lip and tongue tie are not at all uncommon for babies — and when either is present, they need to be corrected to prevent issues with nutrition, speech, and oral development. Visiting a holistic dentist in Southlake can help your baby enjoy a more comfortable and easier frenectomy (the procedure for treating lip/tongue tie). Keep reading to learn why a dentist like Dr. Thomas prefers the CO2 soft tissue laser for frenectomies.
What Is Lip/Tongue Tie?
Lip/tongue tie is a condition in which there is excess tissue connecting the lip or tongue to the mouth. This bit of tissue is known as a “frenulum” — and when it is too tight or restrictive, the frenulum can cause real issues for baby as they grow. Some of the problems that can occur as a result of lip/tongue tie include:
- Difficulty latching on during feeding
- Pain while breastfeeding
- Low mobility of the tongue
- A gassy or irritable baby
- Frequent feedings
The treatment for lip/tongue tie requires removing the excess tissue to allow the proper range of motion for the lip and/or tongue. It is best to perform the frenectomy as early as the lip/tongue tie is detected to prevent any issues with the baby’s development. If the problem is detected right after birth, it may be corrected quickly and easily at the hospital — if not, you can visit a holistic dentist or doctor for a safe, comfortable, and effective procedure.
Benefits of CO2 Soft Tissue Laser for Lip/Tongue Tie
The traditional method of correcting lip/tongue tie has required a scalpel and sutures — an invasive procedure associated with moderate discomfort and longer healing times. However, today the lip/tongue tie can be performed with a soft tissue laser.
Your holistic dentist prefers the CO2 laser, a state-of-the-art option which uses a maximally efficient wavelength for increased precision and comfort. With the CO2 laser, a concentrated beam of light allows your holistic dentist to cut through the excess tissue in seconds. This method offers a number of benefits for baby and parents alike. Some of the most considerable advantages of the soft tissue laser for frenectomy include:
- More comfortable procedure
- Laser minimizes bleeding
- Virtually no discomfort during the procedure
- No stitches are required
- Baby can feed immediately after
- Faster recovery
If you suspect or have just learned that your baby has lip or tongue tie, visiting a holistic dentist for a laser frenectomy is a wonderful way to ensure your little one has the most comfortable, easiest time throughout. Don’t delay in seeking treatment — the sooner you have it taken care of, the better!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Preetha Thomas is a holistic dentist offering general dentistry services for patients of all ages. Using state-of-the-art technologies like the soft tissue laser for frenectomies, Dr. Thomas offers comfortable and effective treatments at Enclave Dental. To learn more about lip/tongue tie, you are invited to contact your dentist in Southlake at (817) 912-1218.
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