Tongue Tie Treatment in Davidson, NC
What is Tongue Tie?
Tongue-tie is a fairly common occurrence that is best treated as early as possible to encourage necessary behaviors for swallowing and breathing during early development. Most of the time, these anatomical difficulties are discovered in infants that have issues breastfeeding. A tongue-tie may be adjusted with a tongue tie release by an oral physician.
Dr. Dastrup at Dastrup Dental in Davidson, North Carolina, has experience diagnosing and treating tongue and lip ties, providing expert care for all of his patients.
If a tongue tie is determined to be severe, we will perform a tongue tie release called a frenotomy functional frenuloplasty. This simple procedure involves a small incision or snipping off the front band that anchors the tongue to the floor of the mouth (lingual frenulum). The release is performed in-office, and you can expect minimal discomfort.
Tongue Tie and Lip Tie FAQs
A tongue-tie occurs when the membrane that anchors the tongue to the floor of the mouth (lingual frenulum) is tight or short.
A lip-tie occurs when the connective tissue behind the upper lip (maxillary labial frenum) is too short and tight. There are different classifications of lip ties based on various anatomies, and severity is determined by the degree of restriction.
You can see a lip tie by looking beneath the upper lip. There is a band of tissue in the center that connects the upper lip and gums. If this seems tight or if the lip is challenging to lift, there may be a lip tie. In an infant, you may notice your child having difficulty moving their upper lip. If you experience pain breastfeeding, it may be because your infant has a lip tie preventing them from latching correctly.
Tongue-tie symptoms often include pain and trauma to the mother’s nipple or difficulty with latching on the infant’s part when breastfeeding. You should be able to see that the connecting tissue beneath the tongue seems thick and tight.
Lip and tongue ties can cause oral health problems if left untreated. These anatomical differences can make breastfeeding difficult for infants. Tongue ties in older children and adults can make it difficult to maintain clean teeth, increasing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Contact Dastrup Dental for Tongue Tie Release in Davidson, NC
At Dastrup Dental, we diagnose and determine treatments on a case-by-case basis, providing individualized care in a comforting atmosphere. If you believe you or someone you love has a lip or tongue tie, please schedule an appointment with us today.