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Tongue and Lip-Tie Release in Sioux Falls

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Gentle Frenectomies for Little Patients

At ABC Pediatric Dentistry, we specialize in releasing tongue ties. Dr. Conner has specialty training and many years of experience with great results in the treatment of tongue and lip ties and releases. Dr. Conner treats infants and kids who are affected by tongue and lip ties (ankyloglossia). With our gentle frenectomies, your child can get relief quickly, without a long recovery process.

What Is a Frenectomy?

A frenectomy is a simple procedure that releases tongue or lip ties. Tongue and lip ties occur when the “frenulum” (a band of tissue that attaches your child’s lips and/or tongue to their mouth) is excessively thick and prevents proper lip and tongue movement. This restriction may interfere with oral functions such as eating, breastfeeding, and speech.

A frenectomy is used to resolve this issue. Dr. Conner will will release the restrictive band of tissue. Then, the frenulum will heal, and the range of motion of your child’s lips and/or tongue will be restored.

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Does My Child Need a Frenectomy?

If you think your child might have tongue or lip ties, you may be wondering what to look for. Here are a few of the most common signs that your child may benefit from a frenectomy at ABC Pediatric Dentistry:

Trouble Breastfeeding or Eating

Tongue and lip ties can prevent proper latching when breastfeeding, nipple pain for the mother, difficulties feeding, excessive drooling, or milk dribbling out of your child’s mouth. A lip or tongue tie may also interfere with proper chewing and swallowing of solid foods.

Speech Impediments

Because the tongue and/or lips are restricted, children with ankyloglossia typically have speech impediments, which may result in problems speaking letters and sounds including T, D, Z, S, R, L, and Th.

Mouth Breathing

Tongue ties can contribute to mouth breathing both while awake and asleep. Mouth breathing can cause serious issues with your child’s oral development.

What Parents Are Saying!

Real Stories, Real Smiles

I took my 2 week old daughter to ABC dentistry because I thought she might have a tongue tie. They told us her tongue’s function was great and that she actually had a lip tie that needed to be released. I was so nervous but the Dr. and nurses handled the procedure so well and were very comforting to my daughter. You could see a huge difference in the before and after pictures and I could tell a difference in her latch the first time feeding her. They gave me exercises to do at home and a free check up after to weeks. there were so many other symptoms resolved ( for her and me!)  and she healed perfectly after 2 weeks. So If you’re wondering if your child has a lip or tongue tie, get it checked it out! And Go to ABC dentistry! They are so great! They are not only very kind and wonderful to work with but they also are very knowledgeable and the lip tie release was seamless! I would 10/10 recommend ABC dentistry!

-Jacynda b.

When our newborn was having trouble feeding, Dr. Conner and his team got us in for an appointment within a few days to assess for a lip/tongue tie when other practices in the area were scheduling over a month out. From the kind staff and thorough assessment/education to the quick procedure and personal follow up, the whole visit was a wonderful, caring, and calm experience. We're so thankful for ABC Pediatric Dentistry and would highly recommend it!

-alexa t.

Dr Conner and his staff are a breathe of fresh air! I am so thankful to have found them.After 2 failed laser Frenectomy’s and emotional trauma from the horrible experiences with another dentist, we had to seek out another option for our 6 yr old. Dr. Conner and his staff were so welcoming and calm. They LISTENED to our story and concerns and addressed everything. You can tell that he loves his job and so does his staff.THANK YOU!!!

-heather s.