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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.