Tongue and Lip-Tie Release in Beaufort
A tongue-tie can be more than just tripping over your words! A frenulum is a small band of tissue that connects the lip, tongue, or cheek to the gums. A tongue or lip-tie is a relatively common condition when a frenulum is too short or tight, limiting the use of the tongue or lip. This can cause restriction in mobility and function, often leading to a variety of developmental issues such as:
- Breastfeeding difficulties
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing food or liquid
- Speech delay, lisp, talking softly or slowly
- Restless sleep, waking easily, snoring
- Dental crowding, excess spacing, gum recession
These issues may not be noticeable immediately, which is why it is critical to visit a pediatric dentist like Dr. Karen who has specialized training in this area.
A frenectomy is a safe, simple procedure in which the frenulum is released to relieve the tension of the tongue or lip, improve its function and alleviate any associated issues. At Zest Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Karen uses CO2 laser technology to release lip and tongue-ties. The benefits of a CO2 laser include less bleeding, minimal swelling and pain, and reduced risk of infection.
Optimal results require a collaborative effort, often with support from lactation consultants, speech therapists, occupational therapists and chiropractic care. This non-invasive procedure can have a significant positive impact on your child’s oral development and quality of life. Call us at (843) 321-9944 to schedule an appointment for your child.