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Dentistry technology changes fast, and you may have questions about the types of treatment that will work best for you. Some of our most common questions are listed here. If you don’t see yours, give us a call or contact us via the handy form on our contact page.
Tongue and Lip Tie Services
A tongue or lip tie is the laymen term for abnormally attached frenum. It is simply a remnant of tissue that usually recedes during fetal development; however in about 5% of the population it is retained. If this tissue remains abnormally attached, it can restrict mobility of the tongue or lips.This lack of mobility can negatively impact normal function of the mouth.
Dr. Browning will perform the revision with an FDA approved soft tissue diode laser in office. Safety of the patient and staff are of the utmost importance, so all necessary safety measures are taken to ensure a successful outcome. Local anesthetic is generally used on patients 18 months and older, and the length of the procedure takes anywhere from 20 seconds to 2 minutes per tie. If the patient is currently breastfeeding, then we encourage mom to nurse immediately after the procedure is completed. Before we end, Dr. Browning will review a set of exercises to perform to reduce the risk of reattachment of the ties.
Dr. Browning cares deeply about ensuring that his patients are very well informed. Here are a few scientific articles involving tongue and lip ties if you are interested in learning more:
- 2013 Journal of Human Lactation article: https://www.borstvoeding.com/files/JHL2013_kotlow.pdf
- http://www.drghaheri.com/blog/2014/5/11/the-evidence- supports-treating- tongue-tie- for-breastfeeding-problems
Traditionally, tongue and lip ties have been addressed by cutting with a scissor, or scalpel. Utilizing a laser to revise lip and tongue ties reduces some of the risks involved during the procedure when compared to more traditional techniques. As an added benefit, a laser usually shortens the time it takes for the areas to heal. There is little to no bleeding involved due to the cauterizing action of the laser, and the risk of infection is reduced dramatically. While using a laser, the risk of an inadvertent cut or damage to surrounding tissue is minimized due to extremely precise control and the lack of a cutting edge.