Tongue-Tie

Services

Any type of restriction in range of motion can be challenging, especially when it involves the mouth. The good news is that both tongue-tie and lip-tie are very treatable, so your child does not have to live with the side effects for long. At Black Bear Dental, we have the necessary skill and experience to ensure the best and most comfortable treatment for your little one.

What is Tongue-Tie?

Tongue-tie is a condition that’s present at birth, and while it is possible for this issue to go away on its own, surgery is sometimes required. Rather than the tongue being free to move around normally, it is restricted by a short band of tissue called the lingual frenulum.

The front part of the tongue is practically anchored to the bottom of the mouth in the area behind where their row of teeth will come in. Lip-ties are fairly similar in that the tissue that connects the lip to the gums is too short or tight.

Tongue- and Lip-Tie Symptoms

Tongue-tie can have many types of symptoms, and your child could be exhibiting some of them without actually having the condition. If you are ever unsure, we highly suggest you bring them in for a proper diagnosis. If it is tongue-tie, we can treat it. If it’s not, we can help you get to the root of the problem.

Here are some of the most common signs:

  • Trouble sticking out tongue
  • Tongue has a heart shape or is notched
  • Issues with breastfeeding
  • Speech issues with older children
  • Clicking or smacking noises when eating
  • Slow weight gain
  • Strong gag reflex
  • Teeth grinding or snoring

Limitations from Tongue-Tie

Tongue-tie is often not a cause for immediate concern, but the faster it’s taken care of, the faster your child can reach a higher level of comfort. This condition can impede proper eating, sleeping, and speaking, making life much more difficult than it needs to be. Why suffer through the discomfort when such a simple treatment is available?

Treatment Options for Tongue-Tie

At Black Bear Dental, we use laser technology for fast and effective treatment. The laser we use is extremely precise, allowing the dentist to fully release the tongue-tie in a way that drastically limits any feeling of discomfort. The procedure is even done without the need for any type of sedation.

What are the Benefits of Tongue-Tie Treatment?

After tongue-tie treatment, you and your child will be able to see a noticeable difference in range of motion. Nursing will be much easier for babies, and older children will have a better night’s sleep and improved speech.

Are You Looking for Tongue- or Lip-Tie Treatment in Hendersonville, NC?

Tongue-tie and lip-tie can prove to be difficult issues to deal with, but a simple treatment is all that’s needed to stop the discomfort and mobility issues. Do you believe your child has one of these conditions? Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Schedule your appointment today!
events section

Yoga coming soon

Event date will be posted soon

event coming soon

Event date will be posted soon

event coming soon

Event date will be posted soon

Hey, your browser is out of date!

We've noticed you're currently using an old version of IE.
We really recommend you update your browser.