Tongue Tie & Lip Tie

Tongue Tie and Lip Tie in Infants

 A frenum is a small piece of tissue that connects the lips, cheeks, and tongue to the gums. A tongue or lip tie is caused by a short or tight frenum. When infants are tongue-tied, the frenum restricts the movement of the tongue and can lead to unsuccessful nursing and/or bottle feeding. A lip tie can create similar problems as it prevents the lip from flanging which significantly impacts feedings.

To correct a lip or tongue tie, a simple procedure called a frenectomy (or frenotomy) may be recommended. This simple procedure will release the tied area and can be done on the day of the consultation if it is indicated. Dr. Richards uses a laser to complete the frenectomy which helps to limit discomfort and bleeding after the procedure. After the frenectomy is complete, Mothers will be able to try nursing and/or bottle feeding right away.

After the frenectomy is complete, Mothers will be able to try nursing or bottle feeding right away.

Tongue Tie and Lip Tie for Older Children

Tongue ties and lip ties can still cause issues in toddlers and older children. When left untreated, it can have a significant impact on a child.

During the time of your child’s procedure, Dr. Richards will review all stretches and post-op care options to ensure you are ready to care for your little one at home. 

Pediatric Dentist Concord, NC - Dr. Richards and Baby

My passion to treat tongue and lip ties come from my own personal experience. In 2022, following a very complicated birth and unplanned C-section, I struggled to nurse successfully. I supplemented my nursing with bottled formula and even that was difficult. I began immediately with a Lactation Consultant and a Chiropractor to help us feed and nurse. I completed a lip and tongue tie laser release on my son when he was six weeks old. After the procedure, his symptoms improved and feeding became much easier on both of us!

Whether you breastfeed and/or bottle feed or have an older child struggling with symptoms of a lip or tongue tie, we are here to support you!

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