Infant & Pediatric Ankyloglossia
Tongue-Tie and Frenectomy For Infants
“Highly recommended! He is a wonderful dentist especially for children. He also corrected the tongue-tie and lip-tie of my five year old boy and my only one week old baby. I trust Dr. David Draper 100%. Also the whole team is very friendly and professional. They were so lovely with my boys (7 and 5 years old) and let them watch cartoons during the treatment. I’m very happy that I found this place.” Sonja E. Apex, NC
Impairments such as difficulty nursing or significant speech development may range in severity. It becomes a significant health issue when tongue restriction interferes with nursing and nutrition. A laser frenectomy may be recommended for infants.
Benefits of a modern approach
Why Should I Choose Laser?
The results of modern laser frenectomy are excellent. Lasers provide various benefits over steel instruments, including the following:
- Cauterization: Virtually no bleeding, even in cases with thick tissue ties.
- Sterilization: The laser kills bacteria and other microbes making infection virtually impossible.
- Precise: The laser tip is small and easily guided where needed and nowhere else, unlike clunky scissors.
- Thorough: With bleeding under control, the laser can go as far as needed to eliminate 100% of the restriction.
Took my son in to get checked for a lip tie and tongue tie. The doctor was amazing, was able to fix both in a procedure that took less than 2 minutes, and hours later i am already seeing improvement in how my son is eating and talking. Every single person we encountered there was pleasant and accommodating. Can’t recommend enough! – Lacey A.near Apex, NC
Between 4% and 10% of children are born with some degree of frenulum restriction, also known as tongue-tie or lip-tie. This means that their tongues and lips are attached to the mouth with excessive connective tissue webbing. This excess tissue impedes the movement of the tongue or lips to various degrees.
Breast-feeding requires a baby to keep his or her tongue over the lower gum while sucking. If an infant is unable to move her tongue she may chew instead of suck on the nipple. This can cause significant nipple pain for the mother and interfere with a baby’s development and nutrition. Better Dental is proud to be the only dentist in the Triangle area who offers laser frenectomy in infants (some as young as 24 hours old).
Every single person here was absolutely amazing! They were more than kind and gentle with my kiddo while we were getting his tongue and lip tie revised. I drove an hour and a half to get here and it was 100% worth it! So happy with our experience! – Caitlyn H. – near Apex, NC
Healing quick, healing well
Laser Frenectomy Aftercare
Most adults and children report only minimal discomfort during the first 24-72 hours after the procedure. In infants, the recovery time is similarly quick, but it should be advised that infants, who have limited ability to express their displeasure over their sore lips and tongues, may cry and fuss more than usual during the first few days. With the help of frequent breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact, you can make it through just fine and enjoy the benefits of improved feeding with your baby.
Analgesics to the rescue
If your baby seems uncomfortable, Children’s Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be administered every 4-6 hour as needed. It is a common practice for our parents to dose regularly within the first 72 hours. Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) is especially effective but has not been approved for children younger than 6 months. Remember that proper infant dosage depends on their weight. Consult your physician if you are unsure about which medications are safe for your baby.
Children’s Tylenol dosage chart
- Infant over 6 lbs = 1.25 ml
- Infant over 12 lbs = 2.5 ml
- Infant over 18 lbs = 3.75 ml
- Infant over 24 lbs = 5.0 ml
Best Pediatric Dentist In Apex
“We met with Jessica the Lactation consultant and intensively discussed the ins and out of procedure and recovery! We went over why we felt our son needed his tongue tie released and if he had a lip tie. After a thorough exam Dr. David Draper came in and also assessed our son. We spent a good hour and fifteen minutes discussing all aspects of what would occur from procedure to immediately after and recovery as well as proper stretches and sweeps. Dr. Draper did our tongue and lip tie with the laser. Immediately after we nursed and Jessica could already see more range of motion when nursing compared to when he nursed before surgery. We did have a fussy 2.5hr ride home, but he was happy and nursing on demand better than before operation. I was highly impressed with attention to detail and true kindness shown by all staff at Better Dental. From walking in up until the moment we left we were cared for as a family emotionally and physically. As parents we were comforted in knowing they truly wanted to help make this as calm and soothing experience as possible. My husband and I both observed procedure and it was literally minutes and they did a very safe and thorough job. Day one post recovery our son is happy and let me do proper stretches and sweeps and is eating regularly. I am very ecstatic to have been put in touch with Better Dental and would happily make the 5 hour round trip again if any future children need the same procedure.” – Mary M. near Apex, NC