Here’s How to Check Your Infant For a Lip-Tie and Why Early Treatment is Important | Dental Soft Tissue Laser Treatment Vaughan
Have you noticed your little one struggling to latch on when breastfeeding? One possible cause could be a lip tie.
This, of course, begs the question; just what is a lip tie? This is when the frenulum (a piece of tissue behind the upper lip) is too thick or stiff, preventing the upper lip from freely moving. Lip ties and tongue ties are mostly genetic and should ideally be corrected during infancy to prevent speech development problems, breastfeeding issues, and tooth decay.
Woodbridge Kids Dentistry diagnoses and treats infants, children and adults with tethered oral issues that include tongue- and lip-ties. Using soft tissue dental laser treatments, our Vaughan clinic has helped scores of patients overcome these oral issues.
Our team of highly experienced professionals in this field and has performed countless lip tie treatments for newborns using medically safe lasers that have quick healing times and less post-operative pain. If you suspect your child is suffering from a tongue- or lip-tie, we urge you to set up an appointment today.
What Are the Symptoms of a Lip-Tie?
If you’ve noticed that your infant is having problems with gaining weight or breastfeeding, if your breasts hurt during nursing or if you have bruised, cracked or infected nipples, one possible issue could be a tongue- or lip-tie.
These hinder tongue and lip movement, making it difficult for your baby to properly latch on. The thickened tongue or lip frenulum restricts free movement in the mouth and could even cause issues in speech development, jaw development, and dental and oral hygiene later on.
Bear in mind that these symptoms could also point to other issues, so it’s best to not self-diagnose. We recommend bringing your infant to our clinic for a professional diagnosis.
For the Baby
– Improper feeding
– Inadequate weight gain
– Vomiting or reflux
– Colic symptoms
– Issues with swallowing
– Make a clicking sound when feeding
For the Mother
– Aching and/or full breasts
– Engorged or blocked ducts
– Infected or bruised nipples
– Pain during nursing
Lip-Tie Treatments: Scissors vs Lasers
How do you treat a lip-tie? Traditionally, doctors would use scissors to snip off the tongue- or lip-tie, however, this treatment modality wasn’t all that accurate and often lead to pain for the infant.
Laser treatments reduce the chances of excessive bleeding and are far less traumatic for the infant. This procedure is very simple and takes just a few minutes.
What Happens During a Laser Lip-Tie Treatment
Here’s what you can expect during treatment;
– You will lay on the dentist’s chair and hold your baby during the treatment.
– To keep your baby comfortable, the dentist will apply a numbing cream to the area (general anesthesia is avoided as far as possible).
– After about half a minute, the dentist utilizes a small handheld laser to cut the lip-tie in as precise a manner as possible. These lasers are able to cut the excess tissue quickly and are near painless.
– The dentist will encourage you to nurse shortly after to aid in pain relief and comfort the child.
– The dentist will give you some post-operative pain-relief measures and exercises to perform so as to accelerate your baby’s recovery.
You will be able to take your child home right after the treatment. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled so as to ensure that the baby is recovering as expected.
Approach a Qualified Doctor Who Can Perform this Treatment – Safely!
To ensure that the treatment is performed under the highest standards of medical professionalism, we recommend going to a doctor who has the experience to safely perform a laser lip-tie treatment.
The Woodbridge Kids Dentistry team is an experienced group of doctors, nurses, dental assistants, and administrative support professionals who work together to offer medical care by using a multi-disciplinary approach to execute a laser lip-tie treatment. Surgery is performed with a soft tissue laser that minimizes post-operative pain as well as promotes quick healing for your baby.
Early treatment is crucial! Set up an appointment today and help your baby overcome their lip- or tongue-tie.