October 26, 2017

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Tongue Tie Frenectomy Gilbert AZ

A frenectomy is a dentistry procedure through which the frenum is released from the upper lip or under the tongue, also known as tongue tie, ensuring ease in motion by increasing the range of the mouth.

Some children are born with dental issues such as tongue tie or lip tie which may restrict movement, making it difficult for the infant to breastfeed. In certain cases, it may be due to other health concerns such as digestion related problems, airway and speech difficulty, spacing or dental decay. These issues can be easily treated by undergoing a simple procedure using soft tissue laser.

How Does Laser Frenectomy Work?

A soft tissue laser is used to conduct the procedure which vaporizes the tissue instead of cutting the area. The laser uses light energy causing little to no discomfort and bleeding. Moreover, laser is a safer option with little to no risk of infection.

A patient who has undergone laser frenectomy is likely to heal quickly as the laser stimulates healing and bio-regeneration. Therefore, the final outcome is a strong tissue with fewer chances of relapse.

Gums & Laser Frenectomy

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What is Tongue Tie?

Ankyloglossia commonly referred to as tongue tie is a restriction in the movement of the tongue. The restriction is due to friction of the tongue with the floor of the mouth. Therefore, a tongue tie is caused by the frenum which is either too short or attached close to the tongue’s tip.

For children, normal tongue function is extremely important. Along with multiple advantages, a normal tongue function will ensure that a baby easily latches and breastfeeds. Further, it aids in self cleansing of the mouth, speech and swallowing pattern development, and nurtures growth and development of the infant.

Diagram of Lingual Frenulum

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Issues Faced By Children Suffering With Tongue-Tie

  • The restricted mouth movements affect the eating habits
  • Unclear speech
  • Clicking of jaws
  • Pain in jaws
  • Protrusion of the lower jaw
  • Inflamed gums

What Is Lip Tie?

A lip-tie is when the upper lip gets is attached to the upper gum. The common issues faced by patients include:

  • The presence of a spacing between the maxillary central incisors resulting in a large gap known as diastema.
  • Increased chances of dental decay.
  • Difficulty in flossing or brushing.
  • Higher chances of maxillary frenum trauma.
  • Difficulty and pain while breastfeeding.
  • Difficulty in flanging the maxillary lip upward whilst breastfeeding. This affects the child’s ability to latch and create a seal.

What To Expect Once The Laser Frenectomy Procedure Is Completed?

Once the procedure is performed, the mother can breastfeed her child immediately as the milk itself contains healing properties. This will also help in soothing the baby. Initially, the latching may be difficult for the baby as a small amount of anesthesia is used, but the numbing sensation will subside within 30 to 40 minutes. It is advised to be patient for the first hour if latching is difficult.

Posterior tongue ties may require several weeks before the benefits of the frenectomy can be reaped. Dentists advise practicing post-treatment exercises along with consulting a lactation consultant, cranial sacral therapist and pediatric chiropractor for improved results.

Precautionary Measures Post Treatment

Tongue Tie Exam

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Oral Wound Healing

Stretches upon the completion of the procedure will help in improving condition. The mouth heals quickly. Therefore, there is a probability that it will reattach resulting in the persistence of the symptoms or a new limitation.

During the healing process, the wounds tend to contract towards the center. Similarly, if you have two raw surfaces in the mouth close to one another, they will reattach. Therefore, it is pivotal to keep the mouth stretcher open.

Managing The Wound Through Stretching Exercises

As a parent it is natural to feel worried, but keep yourself relaxed and positive. Try keeping the child engaged and play along with him/her.  The exercises are not supposed to be enforced on the infant.

Make sure to keep the stretching exercise short and precise. Further, do not be alarmed by spotting or bleeding as it is normal in the first few days.

Dentists may suggest you to use a teething gel that is non-numbing. Similarly, you can take Tylenol, Ibuprofen and homeopathic treatments that can help overcome the pain. The inflammation is completely normal and gets better with time.

Stretches For Upper Lip

This is an easy stretching exercise for the upper lip involving both the tongue and lips. Simply position your finger underneath the lips and move it up a high as possible. Continue to do so until you feel resistance. Now move your tongue side to side for a few seconds. The end result is to open the surface of the gums and lips so that they don’t stick together.

Perform Under The Tongue Stretches

For this exercise, place both index fingers within the mouth and dive within the tongue. Now, pick up the posterior part of the tongue and lift it right towards the roof of the baby’s mouth.

  • Place your finger under the tongue pick the child’s posterior part of the tongue and raise it high towards the palate. Hold it in the same position for almost 3 seconds and then release the tongue. The primary goal is to unfold the diamond allowing you to visualize the diamond. The diamond fold across the middle is the first position to reattach.
  • Place your finger in the mid of the diamond, perform a mild circular stretch for a few seconds and open the diamond.
  • Start turning your fingers sideways to do a rolling pin motion and keep the diamond as deep as possible. Now fold the center and start moving to either of the diamond’s bottom or top loosening the muscles.

By performing these exercises, you will be able to facilitate the healing process after a laser frenectomy. The procedure is simple yet effective, improving range of the mouth.