Tongue & Lip-Tie in Gillette, WY
Breastfeeding is one of the best things you can do for your baby’s dental health and overall health. Yet this nurturing experience becomes frustrating if your baby has problems latching onto the breast. Difficulty latching can be due to a tongue-tie or lip-tie, a condition in which your child can’t move the tongue freely because it’s attached to the base of the mouth or upper lip.
Dr. David Porter has training and hands-on experience in treating these issues. He uses a laser to quickly and painlessly remove the tiny bit of connective tissue that is restricting your baby’s tongue movement. The process can be completed in seconds. No cutting or sutures are needed.
Our laser treatment will:
- Enable your baby to latch properly so he or she gets the proper nourishment.
- Make it easier to bond with your baby during feeding.
- Keep baby’s mealtimes a stress-free experience for both you and baby.
- Ensure baby gets the benefits of breast milk, such as immunologic protection.
If your baby is having trouble latching, call Synergy Dental Center at 307-682-3100 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Porter.
Laser Keeps Tongue-Tie Treatment Fast & Easy
In the past only severe tongue-ties or lip-ties were treated, usually by snipping the tissue with scissors. A laser makes the treatment more precise, quicker, and pain-free for baby – which means it’s a lot less stressful for parents too. A laser also reduces inflammation and speeds recovery. In fact, your baby can eat right after the procedure! Due to the ease of the treatment, there’s no reason not to correct even minor tongue-ties or lip-ties.
Seek Help With These Symptoms of Tongue-Tie
It can be quite difficult to detect a tongue-tie and/or lip-tie without a thorough examination of your baby’s mouth. Here are some symptoms that may indicate one of these issues is present:
- Weak latch, especially with clicking sounds
- Fatigue during feeding time
- Inability to hold a pacifier
- Gagging or popping off the breast to gasp for air
For help with tongue-tie and lip-tie issues, call 307-682-3100. Our Gillette, WY dentist office is especially convenient if you live or work in ZIP code 82718.