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Lip / Tongue Tie?

At Kids Teeth, infants are screened for lip and tongue ties as part of a complete exam. When a child’s frenum is too low or too tight, it can affect:

  • Speech
  • Breathing
  • Airway
  • Cleansing
  • Nursing
Child Lip Frenum
Child Tongue Frenum

Infants may suffer from:

  • Poor latch
  • Reflux/colic
  • Weight loss
  • Gassiness
  • Heart shaped tongue

Children may suffer from:

  • Restricted tongue movement
  • Speech interference
  • ‘Sounds like mumbling’
  • Sleep/breathing issues
  • Behavior/attention issues

Mothers may suffer with:

  • Mastitis
  • Nursing discomfort
  • Plugged ducts
  • Compromised milk supply

CO2 Laser Frenectomy

Dr. Zee uses the LightScalpel, which is a state of the art, CO2 Laser to correct lip and tongue ties.

Advantages of CO2 Lasers:

  • No scissors
  • Minimal bleeding
  • Less swelling/discomfort
  • Short Procedure Time
  • Faster Recovery
  • Better Results!

Q: Can we function with tethered oral tissues?

A: Yes, we can. The child below could also function if the webs between her fingers were short and tight. However, she would never achieve her full potential.

Every child should be given the opportunity to thrive at full potential!

Click here to access the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Policy on Management of Frenulum in Pediatric Patients.

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