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