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Lip & Tongue Tie Treatment – Kaufman, TX

Free Up Your Child’s Smile

Does your infant have trouble breastfeeding, or does your child struggle to eat certain foods? It is possible they have a lip or tongue tie. Our Kaufman team can evaluate your little one for this issue and provide effective treatment via a minimally invasive procedure known as a frenectomy. Would you like to learn more about how lip and tongue tie treatment could free up your child’s smile and improve their overall wellness? Read this page, and then get in touch with us when you are ready to book a consultation.

Why Choose Texas Dentistry for Kids for Lip & Tongue Tie Treatment? 

How Do Lip and Tongue Ties Develop?

Close-up view of baby’s tongue tie

A lip tie occurs when the labial frenulum (the tissue that attaches the lips to the gums) is too short or thick, whereas a tongue tie occurs when the lingual frenulum (the tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth) is too short or thick. These are congenital conditions, and their cause is not always easily identifiable. In some cases, they develop because a mother suffered from nutrient deficiencies during pregnancy.

Lip and tongue tie should be taken seriously because they have the potential to cause numerous problems. For example, an infant may have difficulty nursing, be colicky, or be slow to gain weight. A mother who has an infant with tongue tie may experience breast pain, clogged milk ducts, and low milk supply.

Why Is It Important to Treat Lip & Tongue Ties?

Close-up of fussy infant

In addition to causing breastfeeding difficulties, untreated lip and tongue ties can lead to some other significant issues:

Lip & Tongue Tie Treatment 

Smiling, happy toddler after frenectomy treatment

In most cases, treating lip and tongue tie is easy and can set up a child for excellent oral health and function in the future.

To address these conditions, we can perform a frenectomy, which is a minimally invasive surgical procedure. We use a soft tissue laser to cut the offending frenulum and free up movement of the patient’s oral tissues. The entire procedure takes just a few minutes, and infants are encouraged to breastfeed immediately afterward.

Older children who undergo a frenectomy might require some therapy to help them adapt to using their tongue and/or lips properly. For example, they may need help to hold their tongue in the correct position or to learn how to swallow correctly.

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