Lip Tie Surgery Questions and Answers
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The recommended treatment for a lip tie depends on the level classification of the lip tie. That being said, there are therapy techniques that can be used to attempt to loosen a lip tie and make it easier for babies to breastfeed. One of these is to slide your finger along the top of you baby’s lip and practice loosening the gap between the lip and the gum line, which can gradually improve your child’s lip mobility.
The two lower levels of lip ties – level 1 and level 2 lip ties – are usually left alone and do not typically require revision. However, if there is a tongue tie in addition to the lip tie in restricting your baby’s ability to feed, then it may be advised that you either revise or release both, even if the lip tie is considered a level 1 or 2.
For level 3 and level 4 lip ties, the usual recommended treatment is a procedure known as a frenectomy, which involves neatly severing the membrane that connects the lip to the gums. A frenectomy can be performed with either a laser or a sterilized surgical scissor and can be performed by either a pediatrician or a pediatric dentist.
There is no singular particular cause of lip tie in babies. To put it in simple terms, some babies are born with lip ties while others are born without and the condition may develop within the womb. The majority of experts, however, believe that lip ties may be attributed to a child’s genetics, although this theory has yet to be proven.
For a majority of children, the piece of skin will loosen as they grow older, but that is not always the case. In the cases of level 1 or level two lip ties, these will generally improve as the child ages, as in these cases, the lip tie has no significant attachment (level 1), or the lip ties are attached to the gums primarily (level 2).
Problems may arise for children and babies with lip tie if they have level 3 or level 4 lip ties. For those classified as level 3, this means that the lip ties are attached to where future teeth will grow, which may impair tooth growth, cause discomfort, and may cause difficulties with feeding – not just breastfeeding, but on eating from a spoon and with finger foods as well. Class 4 lip ties are the most severe, as the lip ties are attached all the way to the mouth’s palate. In these cases, it is recommended that a frenectomy is performed, which will allow your baby to develop and feed normally.
If you are concerned that your child may have a lip tie, here are some symptoms to look out for in your infant:
• Poor latching;
• Strong sucking as they try to create a vacuum;
• A clicking noise while nursing;
• An inadequate transfer of milk;
• Unsatisfactory weight gain or loss of weight;
• Gas and reflex;
• Fussiness and moving away from the breast during feeding;
• Coughing, choking, or gulping during feeding;
• Chewing or biting the nipple.
If you notice these symptoms in your infant and are in need of help dealing with a lip tie, please reach out to us at Beyond Dental & Implant Center. We can help; please book your appointment by visiting us online or giving us a call. We serve patients from Fort Worth TX, Dallas TX, Cockrell Hill TX, Mesquite TX, Highland Park TX, Forest Hill TX, Saginaw TX, and White Settlement TX.
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