Tongue-Tie and Lip-Tie Treatment in Whitby
We provide laser treatment for tongue-tie and lip-tie in infants and older children to help them eat, sleep, and speak better. Laser treatment is fast, precise, and can be performed without sedation.
What are Tongue-Tie and Lip-Tie?
Tongue-tie is a physical condition limiting your child’s ability to use their tongue. Several health issues can cause it. Tongue-tie can have a significant impact on your child’s health and wellbeing.
Lip-tie is a condition where the upper lip is restricted. This means the lip can’t move normally and may interfere with your child’s eating ability. If the lip-tie is left untreated, it can also affect the growth of your child’s teeth.
Symptoms of Tongue-Tie and Lip-Tie
Children with tongue-tie and lip-tie often experience difficulty eating, speaking, and sleeping. Your child may eat slowly, have trouble staying asleep, choke on food, or grind their teeth at night.
Infants may have difficulty nursing or taking a bottle, leak milk while eating, or exhibit gas or colic symptoms.
If your child is experiencing symptoms of tongue-tie or lip-tie, we will examine their mouth to determine the root cause of the issue. Treatment is a simple procedure using a dental laser to release your child’s lip or tongue. The treatment is fast and can usually doesn’t require sedation.
After the procedure, your child may need further treatment to help them adapt to living without the tongue or lip tie. This can include exercises to strengthen and “re-train” the tongue to function without restriction. In time, most children will be able to eat, sleep, and speak normally following treatment.
If you are concerned your child may be suffering from tongue-tie or lip-tie, contact our office to book an examination.