SPRING CREEK PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
In some instances, children are born with a tight attachment of the upper lip connecting to the upper jaw restricting the lip’s ability to move freely. This tight attachment is commonly called a lip tie and is often first diagnosed when experiencing breastfeeding difficulty. The limited mobility of the lip upwards and outwards prevents an adequate latch from being achieved and causes problems such as poor weight gain, leaking from the corners of the mouth, and extreme pain or discomfort for mom among other symptoms. Thankfully, the correction for lip tie is a simple procedure to release the tissue in a minimally invasive way and improve function.
At Spring Creek Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Kevin Kennedy is trained and experienced in accurately diagnosing lip tie in infants and children as well as providing the frenectomy procedure to correct the condition. The procedure is performed in-office with a soft-tissue laser and usually lasts no longer than five minutes. Because pediatric dentists are experts of the mouth, Dr. Kennedy can complete this procedure in-office, avoiding the inherent risks (and added costs) of general anesthesia.
Sometimes the lip tie is also associated with a restrictive attachment from the base of the tongue to the floor of the mouth as well, known as a tongue tie. You can find information on a tongue tie (link to tongue tie services page). If it is determined that your child has both a lip tie and a tongue tie, both procedures can be performed simultaneously in one visit without any additional post-operative complications.
Please call our office or book an appointment above to schedule a consultation appointment if you feel like your child could benefit from an expert opinion on the topic.