Tongue Tie Treatment in Hamilton
What Is Tongue Tie?
Ankyloglossia (tongue-tie) can actually be detected right at birth, but as children reach the age of four or five, symptoms usually disappear which is why parents may choose not to have a frenotomy performed. A frenotomy is a procedure in which the lingual frenulum is cut. In fact, this procedure takes less than a second and doesn’t require anesthesia and the tongue can now move more freely!
Long-term tongue-tie effects can also negatively affect your breathing and hearing. Since your tongue isn’t resting properly, your airways can become blocked, leading to sleep apnea/poor sleeping patterns. This can also cause a buildup of mucus and frequent ear infections.
Dental Laser Technology
Thanks to innovations made in dentistry, our Hamilton Dental Clinic has been able to share some of these changes with our patients in the way we care for them and we are so grateful to be practicing today. The CO2 laser has changed the way we are able to perform the tongue tie release procedure that previously required scalpels and stitches. Using laser technology we are helping our patients reduce their treatment times and recover faster, and the best part is that your baby can begin breastfeeding immediately.
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
There are many benefits to myofunctional therapy. This three-week program can not only improve speech but also improve poor breathing issues, poor sleeping habits, troubles eating and swallowing, and even straightening teeth.
Surprisingly, tongue-tie can cause gaps between the two bottom teeth and can even make it very difficult to swallow, leaving food debris in between your teeth and increase your chances of gum inflammation and tooth decay.
You swallow up to 1,000 times a day and when not swallowing correctly, the constant pressure from the “tongue thrust” can push your teeth out of place. Over time, this can lead to an abnormal bite, making it even harder to bite and digest food and even a change in your cheeks and lips (because of the muscles being overused).
Tongue Tie Diagnosis
It’s not always easy to tell if your baby has tongue-tie by looking under their tongue yourself. If you’re noticing the following common symptoms, your baby may have tongue-tie:
- Trouble latching
This can negatively affect your baby’s growth (weight gain) and lead to more problems with their diet and teeth as they age. Call and book an appointment today and we’ll perform a same-day frenotomy procedure so your baby can feel more comfortable and you can rest assured knowing breastfeeding will be much easier for both of you.