Tethered Oral Tissues

          A tongue is considered tied when the attachment underneath (called the lingual frenulum) is too short and impairs tongue placement and mobility. This may result in dysfunction of eating, speech and breathing. This could mean difficulties breastfeeding your infant, speech articulation issues for your developing child and sleep issues if your child mouth breathes. The attachment under the lip (called the labial frenum) may be too tight and .also cause problems. If the upper lip is tied it may cause difficulty nursing, brushing the top teeth, and can also cause a space or gap between the front teeth.

 (LIP-TIE)

                BEFORE                                     AFTER
 
(TONGUE-TIE)
              BEFORE                                 AFTER
     

Treatment

     The tongue tie and lip tie are released using a state of the art laser.  LightScalpel - Surgical CO2 Lasers - Dental Lasers - Soft Tissue Lasers

The benefits include minimal discomfort, little to no 
bleeding during the procedure and faster healing. 
 
Along with the tissue release the older patients will receive  myofunctional therapy (physical therapy for the tongue!)Myofunctional therapy helps strengthen the tongue and orofacial muscles through exercises that re-train the tongue and muscles to function properly.                                             
 

                         http://www.lightscalpel.com/patient-laser-surgery                  

General Anesthesia is not needed  for a tongue-tie, lip-tie procedure.
Please call for a consultation to evaluate your child.