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Lip ties occur when the strand of tissue connecting the lip to the gum is too tight, short and/or thick. When this happens, it can inhibit normal mouth function and development which can create the possibility for a number of different issues. So what symptoms should you look for, how do you know for sure if your child has a lip tie, and what can be done about it? Luckily, lip ties can be diagnosed and corrected by pediatric dentists relatively easily.
If your infant has a lip tie, they may experience the following symptoms while breastfeeding or bottle feeding:
- Difficulty latching
- Inability to fully flange lips around the nipple
In addition, your baby may have difficulty gaining weight, or may develop colic and reflux symptoms. Not only does a lip tie affect the infant, but it can also be painful for breastfeeding mothers.
Nursing moms may experience:
- Cracked nipples
- An over or underproduction of milk
- Pain while nursing
- Plugged ducts
- Flattened top of nipple
As a child with a lip tie ages they might experience significant problems with tooth decay and in some cases, cause a gap between the upper front teeth and even speech delays or impediments.
As soon as you suspect your child has a lip tie that is affecting their eating, oral health habits, or speech, it is essential that you contact a professional who can diagnose your child’s condition. At myKIDSdds our pediatric dentists can diagnose and treat lip and tongue ties in a timely manner. Both Dr. Kogut and Dr. Villasenor diagnose conservatively and strive to guide you toward a solution that best suites the needs of you and your baby.
A surgical release, or frenectomy, is the treatment of choice for lip and tongue ties. During a frenectomy the excess tissue is removed so that the lip and tongue are allowed more mobility and function. A laser frenectomy poses many advantages over the traditional cut-and-suture procedure, such as:
- Complete removal of tissue
- Minimal bleeding and swelling
- Shortened healing time
- Little discomfort
- Unlikely need for sutures
- A quick procedure, typically only a few minutes
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