Parents: Don’t Worry About Tongue-Tie Surgery (Here’s Everything You Need to Know)

If your baby has been diagnosed with ankyloglossia, don’t worry! More commonly known as “tongue-tie,” this condition occurs between approximately 4-10% of the population, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). While tongue-tie can disrupt breastfeeding and appropriate intake of food for babies, a simple tongue-tie surgery (also referred to as a frenectomy)—performed in the comfort of our dental office—can correct the condition.

At Newtown Dentistry our board-certified dentist Dr. Christine Landes (or “Dr. Chris” as she’s known around here) specializes in pediatric dental care, with years of experience in lip- and tongue-tie surgery procedures. Parents can rest assured knowing their little one is in the best, most capable, and caring hands.

Keep reading to learn more about the minimally-invasive tongue-tie surgery technique and gentle approach practiced by our Newtown Dentistry pediatric team.

What is Tongue-Tie Surgery?

When a baby has ankyloglossia or tongue-tie it means that he/she has been born with a congenital condition where the tight band of tissue (called the lingual frenulum) remains attached to the bottom of the tongue. Because the tongue is “stuck” to the floor of the mouth, it can cause a variety of breastfeeding problems for baby and mom, which include:

  • Difficulties “latching on”
  • Issues with baby spitting up, choking, and/or reflux
  • Breast-milk leaking or poor breast drainage
  • Nipple pain, thrush, and/or mastitis

Additionally, some babies may also experience premature weaning and problems gaining weight.

How Does Tongue-Tie Surgery Work?

To help free restrictions of tongue movement and alleviate tongue-tie, Dr. Chris performs a completely safe and effective tongue-tie laser surgery procedure. As we mentioned earlier, this process can be performed in the comfort of our dental office. Additionally, because Dr. Chris utilizes a minimally-invasive LightScapel CO2 laser, there are essentially little to no tongue tie surgery side A young girl wearing protective glasses receives minimally-invasive tongue-tie surgery from a gloved dentist.effects. In fact, parents feel more at ease when they learn that laser tongue-tie surgery:

  • Is easy and quick to perform
  • Has no bleeding involved
  • Is pain-free
  • Has a reduced risk of infection
  • Has a rapid recovery time
  • Does not require sedation

To help your baby recover from a tongue-tie procedure, you may be guided on how to perform special tongue exercises. Complete healing may take up to a few weeks, but you can resume breastfeeding your baby immediately following laser tongue-tie surgery. In fact, because of the healing properties of breast milk, it will help aid the recovery process.

Is There an Optimal Tongue-tie Surgery Age?

A tongue-tie surgery can be performed on infants all the way through to people in adulthood. Having the procedure done during infancy, however, can help eliminate breastfeeding issues and result in weight-gain issues for babies. It can also help eliminate the need for an older child to work with a speech-language pathologist to improve speech due to tongue-tie.

Next Steps

If you would like to learn more about tongue-tie surgery, we are here for you! From your first phone call with us to entering our warm and welcoming dental home, you’ll soon see how much we love working with families and babies! We treat each child as if they were one of our own (and many of us do have children!)

Schedule your visit now, or call us anytime at (215) 504-5437.

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    Newtown Dentistry

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    April 2, 2021

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