Tongue-Tie Dentist Questions and Answers
Beyond Dental and Implant Center offers tongue-tie surgery and treatment for infants! Our dentist, Dr. Cory Nguyen DDS, is dedicated to helping improve your child’s oral health care. Discover the benefits today. Call us or schedule an appointment online! We have 2 convenient locations to serve you in Dallas TX, and Fort Worth TX.
If your young one has tongue-tie, it can be pretty problematic, even affecting speech. However, it is pretty easily fixed by a proper professional. At Beyond Dental & Implant Center, we have one of these professionals with Dr. Cory Nguyen DDS. Reach out to us today or read on to learn about tongue-tie and what the doctor can do about it so your child can be free of the complications it causes.
What problems can tongue-tie cause?
The condition is also known as ankyloglossia, and it’s one that’s present at birth and that affects the tongue’s range of motion. In this condition, a band of tissue, known as the lingual frenulum, tethers the tip of the tongue to the floor of the mouth, and this can cause a number of different problems. For one, it can affect breastfeeding in infants, and this can lead to the baby being unable to get enough breast milk and thus proper nutrition. In older children, it can affect how they eat, swallow, brush their teeth, develop their teeth, and even speak. Sometimes a speech-language pathologist can determine whether a child’s speech is affected by tongue-tie, but there’s a particular kind of professional that can actually treat the condition.
Can a dentist fix a tongue-tie? Should tongue-tie get snipped?
Because tongue-tie can affect a child’s oral development and how he or she receives nutrition and communicates with others, it’s important to treat tongue-tie. A dentist can do this and fix tongue-tie entirely.
The procedures a dentist can perform are a frenotomy and a frenuloplasty. With a frenotomy, anesthesia can be used, but often it isn’t necessary, and the dentist snips the lingual frenulum free. The procedure is very quick and not very painful because there are few nerve endings or blood vessels in the lingual frenulum.
A frenuloplasty might be the procedure the dentist recommends if additional repair is necessary or if the lingual frenulum is thick. This procedure is performed with general anesthesia, surgical tools, and stitches, and here at Beyond Dental & Implant Center, the procedure is non-laser-based with scissors and blunt dissecting technique. This allows for faster healing with less scar tissue, and may offer better results than laser surgery. A frenuloplasty might be the best procedure for your child, but the first step is to have a consultation with a dentist so you and your child can make an educated decision about how to proceed.
At what age can tongue-tie be treated?
Many doctors, dentists, and lactation consultants recommend treating tongue-tie as soon as possible, sometimes even before a newborn is discharged from the hospital. Other professionals want to wait to see whether the condition becomes problematic at all, as sometimes it doesn’t become very problematic. A lactation consultant can help in some cases in which breastfeeding is affected, while a speech-language pathologist can help in some cases in which speech is affected, but often the best treatment is surgery, as it can fix the issue entirely and correct the many problems it causes. You may appreciate a consultation with and the perspective of a dentist like Dr. Cory Nguyen DDS.
Do you have a tongue-tie dentist in Fort Worth or Dallas, TX?
Yes! Beyond Dental & Implant Center has Dr. Cory Nguyen DDS, a fully capable tongue-tie dentist for patients in the Fort Worth and Dallas areas. The doctor can see you either at our Fort Worth location at 9500 Ray White Rd Suite 105 Fort Worth, TX 76244, or at our Dallas location at 13655 Preston Rd Suite 100 Dallas, TX 75240. You can call us today at either location, or you can book a consultation with us online. We’d be happy to hear from you for any reason, so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you believe you or your child could benefit from our services. We look forward to hearing from you soon! 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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