Tongue-tie is a condition that’s present at birth, and while it is possible for this issue to go away on its own, surgery is sometimes required. Rather than the tongue being free to move around normally, it is restricted by a short band of tissue called the lingual frenulum.
The front part of the tongue is practically anchored to the bottom of the mouth in the area behind where their row of teeth will come in. Lip-ties are fairly similar in that the tissue that connects the lip to the gums is too short or tight.
Tongue-tie can have many types of symptoms, and your child could be exhibiting some of them without actually having the condition. If you are ever unsure, we highly suggest you bring them in for a proper diagnosis. If it is tongue-tie, we can treat it. If it’s not, we can help you get to the root of the problem.
Here are some of the most common signs:
Tongue-tie is often not a cause for immediate concern, but the faster it’s taken care of, the faster your child can reach a higher level of comfort. This condition can impede proper eating, sleeping, and speaking, making life much more difficult than it needs to be. Why suffer through the discomfort when such a simple treatment is available?
At Steel City pediatrics, we use laser technology for fast and effective treatment. The laser we use is extremely precise, allowing the dentist to fully release the tongue-tie in a way that drastically limits any feeling of discomfort. The procedure is even done without the need for any type of sedation.
After tongue-tie treatment, you and your child will be able to see a noticeable difference in range of motion. Nursing will be much easier for babies, and older children will have a better night’s sleep and improved speech.
Tongue-tie and lip-tie can prove to be difficult issues to deal with, but a simple treatment is all that’s needed to stop the discomfort and mobility issues. Do you believe your child has one of these conditions? Contact us today to schedule an appointment.