What is a Tongue Tie?
A tongue tie occurs when the thin membrane under a baby’s tongue, known as the lingual frenulum, restricts the mobility of the tongue. It’s a common defect in infants, but for some, it’s so tight that they can’t fully extend their tongues. This can result in several problems for both you and your baby, including:
- Difficulty latching while breastfeeding
- Increased nipple discomfort or pain
- Lowered milk intake
- Gradual loss of milk supply
Fortunately, here at State Street Smiles, we can help.
What is a Lip Tie?
When a newborn has a lip tie, the membrane attaching their upper lip to their upper gums, called the labial frenulum, is exceptionally tight. This affects a baby’s ability to latch properly and effectively during breastfeeding. Lip ties often cause babies to take in excess air, resulting in increased gas and agitation.
Symptoms to Look Out For
The most common symptom babies will experience with a tongue or lip tie is difficulty during breastfeeding. Other signs that infants may show include:
- Failure to latch properly
- Insufficient weight gain
- Coughing or gagging
- Blisters on or around the lip
- Gas discomfort or pain
- Loud breathing or snoring while sleeping
- Colic symptoms, like intense crying or screaming
If you’ve noticed these symptoms in your infant, contact your child’s pediatrician or trusted Hackensack dentist to schedule an appointment. We’ll gently examine your child to determine if they have a tongue or lip tie and whether treatment is recommended.
Treatment for Tongue and Lip Ties
If your baby has a lip or tongue tie, and requires correction, Dr. Eddie can perform a procedure called a frenectomy to improve tongue or lip mobility. It’s a safe and quick procedure that’s conveniently performed here at our Hackensack office.
Thanks to the iplus Waterlase laser, Dr. Eddie can remove the tissue or tight frenulum under the tongue or lip with utmost precision and comfort. Frenectomies can also prevent further health problems, such as tooth decay, speech impediments, and digestive complications.
Dr. Eddie is a board-certified pediatric dentist and Laser Frenectomy specialist so you can trust that your child is in good hands.