Lip & Tongue Tie - Albuquerque, NM
Restore Oral Function Quickly & Comfortably
While lip and tongue ties are often diagnosed in infants, they can actually affect people of all ages who didn’t have the conditions addressed when they were younger. Our team is able to help absolutely anyone dealing with lip or tongue-ties, from babies on up, using our fast and comfortable laser treatment. Often, we can diagnose the condition and treat it at the same appointment to provide immediate and lasting relief through advanced treatment for lip and tongue tie in Albuquerque, NM.
Why Choose Craniofacial Sleep Medicine & TMJ for Lip & Tongue Tie Treatment?
- Medical Insurance Accepted & Maximized
- Able to Work with Patients of All Ages
What is Lip & Tongue Tie?
Each of your lips as well as your tongue is connected to a small band of tissue (called a frenum or frenulum) that attaches it to the gums and floor of the mouth respectively. When these tissues are too short or tight, they can inhibit someone’s oral function. In infants, tethered oral tissues can make it extremely difficult for a child to breastfeed, and in older children and adults, they can cause problems for their dental development as well as their ability to eat, speak, and even breathe (particularly while sleeping).
- Difficulty breastfeeding/inability to latch
- Short, truncated feedings
- Excessive fussiness when feeding
- Slow weight gain
- Painful feedings
- Sore/swollen nipples
- Inadequate milk flow
- Lage space between the top two front teeth
- Discomfort when eating difficult to chew foods
- Chronic indigestion
- Misaligned or crooked teeth
- Sleep breathing problems
How We Treat Lip & Tongue Tie
The first step is to give a patient a thorough examination, in which we’ll test the mobility of their lips and tongue as well as closely look at their frenulums. If we determine that yes, they do have a lip and/or tongue-tie, we will schedule them for laser treatment. In some cases, we can complete the procedure on the same day as the exam.
Laser treatment for lip and tongue-ties offers several advantages compared to the traditional method of simply snipping the offending tissue with a pair of surgical scissors. Firstly, the laser is much more precise, meaning we’re able to remove only what we need (which is extremely helpful when treating very small mouths), and it causes practically no pain or bleeding afterward. The procedure itself takes a matter of minutes, and the recovery time is virtually non-existent.