What is a Frenum, Lip and Tongue Ties, Waterlase?

What is a frenum? A frenum, also known as Tethered Oral Tissue or a Tie, is when normal oral tissues, or even muscle, is encased in a small band of other tissue. This occurs about 12 weeks of pregnancy! When this happens, it can prevent the upper lip or the tongue from moving properly affecting nursing, eating, speech, growth of the jaws and proper oral hygiene. There is research available that even link ties to higher cavity risk, sinus concerns and failure to thrive. Do you think your child has a lip or tongue tie? Come see one of our pediatric dentists for an evaluation!

COMMON DIFFICULTIES WITH LIP-TIE . Infants may experience improper lip seal during nursing which can be painful for the mother and create issues such as loosing a lot of milk at the sides of the mouth, colic-like symptoms, excessive gassiness, frequent feedings, falling asleep at the breast and decreased weight gain. Moms can feel a lot of pain in the breast with cracking and bleeding. Toddlers may have trouble eating from a spoon, eating finger foods or may have difficulties with certain food textures as well as a big gag reflex. These may lead to a higher likelihood of tooth decay and malocclusion or improper growth of the upper and lower jaws. Ask your pediatric dentist, IBCLC, speech therapist or pediatrician for guidance

COMMON DIFFICULTIES WITH TONGUE-TIE Newborn babies show difficulty in latching or swallowing resulting in milk loss from corners of mouth, gassiness, frequent feeding and falling asleep at the breast with decreased weight gain. Children and teenagers can have speech and pronunciation difficulties as well as difficulties moving the tongue which may prevent the ability to clean teeth and keep lips moist. You may notice the mouth always open and the child snoring when asleep. Ask your pediatric dentist, IBCLC, speech therapist or pediatrician for guidance

The Benefits of Waterlase Dentistry MORE COMFORTABLE Waterlase can rapidly remove soft tissue via a combination of air- and water-cooling, with the pulsing of laser energy for minimal patient discomfort. Waterlase also provides a safe option to avoid any injuries that a scalpel or scissor technique can present, due to children’s involuntary movements. The laser energy stops bleeding before it starts, making the procedure less painful and significantly less traumatic for both patient and parent.

FASTER RECOVERY Patients treated with Waterlase typically recover more quickly than traditional surgery. Healing can occur more rapidly with less discomfort for your child and a reduced need for post-operative medication. Lactation can begin immediately following the procedure