Frenectomy Indianapolis & Carmel, IN

Has your pediatrician or lactation consultant told you that your child’s nursing difficulties may be related to a tongue or lip tie?  If so, a dentist experienced in laser treatment for frenectomies should be your next call.  Here at Newman Family Dentistry, our own Dr. Mikel Newman specializes in this type of minor surgery helping newborns and small children regain proper use of their lips and tongue.

What is a frenulum?

The connective tissues underneath the lip and tongue are known as frenula.  The labial frenulum (under the lip) and lingual frenulum (under the tongue) are responsible for limiting and guiding movement.  When the labial or lingual frenulum are abnormally tight they may be restricting proper oral movements during feeding. A frenectomy is a quick and simple procedure that involves releasing this tight piece of tissue allowing for more movement and range of motion.

What symptoms can moms experience with tongue and lip tied babies?

  • Nipple pain and discomfort
  • Creased, blanched or “lip stick” shaped nipples
  • Cracked, bruised, blistered or bleeding nipples
  • Maternal exhaustion and depression
  • Plugged ducts
  • Infected nipples
  • Mastitis and nipple thrush
  • Engorged/unemptied breasts

What symptoms can the baby experience?

  • Poor, shallow, or non-sustainable latch
  • Pops on and off breast and frequently breaks seal
  • Gumming and chewing of nipple
  • Falls asleep at breast
  • Unable to hold pacifier
  • Clicking noise while feeding
  • Swallows excessive amounts of air
  • Gassy
  • Reflux
  • Long duration of feeds/short time between feedings
  • Poor weight gain/failure to thrive

How can an untreated tongue and lip tie impact your child’s future?

  • May increase risk for speech and social issues
  • May impact airway and breathing
  • May influence tooth and jaw development
  • May create difficulties maintaining proper oral hygiene
  • May increase risk for developing cavities

Laser Treatment:

Here at Newman Family Dentistry, Dr. Mikel Newman uses state-of-the-art laser technology to perform this type of surgery.  The laser is about the size of a pen and the procedure only takes a couple of minutes.

The benefits of laser include:

  • Very precise instrument
  • Risk of bleeding significantly reduced
  • Laser energy is sterile; essentially no chance for infection
  • Usually only topical numbing gel is all that is needed
  • Performed easily in office; no need for operating room and general anesthesia so the baby is returned to parent immediately after procedure.

 

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