lip tongue tie clinic

lip & tongue tie CLINIC

Cote Royd Dental Practice offers Lip and Tongue Tie releases to new born babies up to the age of 12 months old.

tongue lip tie

What is a Tongue or Lip Tie?

  • A congenital abnormality which decreases the mobility of the tongue or the lip.
  • The frenum (the bit that causes the tie) is a normal part of the anatomy but it can be too thick or too short.
  • Defective frenums lead to a restriction in the range of motion of the tongue or lip.

What can a Lip or Tongue Release Help With?

What Lip or Tongue Release Help With Infants: Breast feeding difficulties or painful breast feeding, colic, mouth breathing Children: Growth of the face and jaws, preventing crooked teeth and speech difficulties
All ages: Speech difficulties, breathing dysfunction - such as mouth breathing, snoring and sleep apnoea and correcting of soft tissue dysfunction (abnormal swallowing habits)

Infant factors to consider:

  • No Latch on
  • Unsatisfied hunger after feeding
Falling Asleep on the breast
Poor weight gain
Unable to Hold dummy/ Pacifier

  • Gas, Colic and /or reflux

Maternal Factors to consider:

  • Creased, blanched or flattened nipples after feeding
Bleeding Nipples
Incomplete breast drainage
Mastitis & Nipple Thrush

How can it be Corrected?

A tongue or lip tie release, sometimes called a frenectomy, is performed using a medical laser It is a quick procedure, performed in the dental chair

What’s Involved?

Step 1: Consultation

Thorough examination and diagnosis

Step 2: Education

We will pass on valuable information

Step 3: Coordination of appointments

It is ideal that you see one of our affiliated practitioners both before and after the procedure

Step 4: The procedure

The frenectomy is carried out using our state of the art medical laser

Step 5: Healing and Rehabilitation

Your after-care plan will be a big part of how successful your frenectomy is

Useful resources for further information

‘Your Jaws – Your Life’

by David C. Page, D.D.S.

‘Straight Talk about Crooked Teeth’
by S.Kent Lauson, DDS, MS, Orthodontist

We use a biolose which is a class 4 laser rather than using scissors as we believe that the laser has superior healing properties. Further information about the biolase can be found in the useful information tab. The procedure is done without the use of aesthetic and we look to get you booked in as soon as possible usually within the week. The appointment is broken into two sections firstly we assess the new-born’s mouth to see if there is a lip and/or tongue tie present using Dr Kotlows Diagnostic criteria (more information on Dr Lawrence Kotlow in the link at the bottom). Then we examine for functional problems and finally we examine the possible needs for a tongue and or lip-tie release.

If there are multiple factors present and there is a clinic justification for proceeding with the procedure then the procedure is done shortly after. The mother is encouraged to try breast feeding directly after and all notice a difference.

Aftercare is then given and we look to book you in for a review appointment a few weeks later, just to see how you are getting on and to answer any further questions you may have.

For more information or to speak to one of our staff please call the practice on 01484 514451.

Download the Lip and Tongue Tie Leaflet (PDF 2Mb)

What should i do if i suspect a tongue 
or lip tie?

  • Call the clinic for an appointment
  • Our friendly receptionist can give you more information if necessary
  • For consultations regarding any aspects of tongue and lip ties, please contact Cote Royd Dental Practice