dental solutions for infants

Tongue and Lip Tie Revision

Lip tie is when your infant’s frenulum, the piece of tissue behind the upper lip that connects it to their gums, gets too thick or stiff. This prevents the upper lip from moving freely. A tongue tie is when the tissue that attaches the tongue to the bottom of the mouth is too short or too tight. This affects your infant’s ability to easily move their tongue. In both cases, we can help.

  • How do you determine the severity of lip and tongue ties?

    We use the Kotlow classification to identify the severity of ties.

  • How do you treat lip and tongue ties?

    Depending on the Kotlow classification, we may use laser treatment to perform lip and tongue tie revisions.

  • How long does the treatment take?

    It’s a simple and quick procedure.

  • Will it be painful for my child?

    Depending on the age, we may or may not use numbing gel or freezing. For a newborn, a medical condition called methemoglobemia is a concern and we may not use numbing to prevent this medical emergency. Most babies just need lots of feeding and cuddling to control pain after the treatment. Some may need infant acetaminophen (Tylenol).

  • How long does it take for my child to heal?

    The open surgical site can take two to three weeks for full healing. We will see your child for a post-operative visit to confirm normal healing.

This is the perfect place for toddlers and kids who never had a dental experience before. Very kind and playful staff. My 3-yearold daughter is keep asking me to go back.