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Tongue and Lip Ties

Tongue and lip ties, also known as ankyloglossia and labial frenulum, are conditions where the tissue connecting the tongue or upper lip to the mouth or upper gum floor is unusually tight or restrictive. These conditions can potentially impact individuals of every age group, spanning from infants to adults, and can lead to various health and developmental issues if left untreated.

Our Comprehensive Evaluation Process

Before recommending any treatment, our experienced team at Highland Dental conducts a thorough evaluation to determine if a tongue or lip tie is indeed causing issues for the patient. Our goal is to ensure that every patient gets the appropriate care tailored to their unique needs. During the evaluation, we consider the patient’s medical history, symptoms, and any potential challenges they may be experiencing.

Dr. Garrison uses state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and techniques to assess the tongue’s or lip tie’s severity. She closely examines how the condition may impact the patient’s ability to speak, eat, and swallow comfortably. Our comprehensive evaluation process allows us to diagnose accurately and recommend the most appropriate treatment options.

Treatment Options

When a tongue or lip tie is diagnosed and is causing issues for the patient, a frenectomy may be recommended as the most effective treatment. A frenectomy is a minimally invasive procedure performed to release the tight tissue that restricts tongue or upper lip movement. This procedure is commonly referred to as “tongue tie release” or “lip tie correction.” At Highland Dental, Dr. Garrison and her team of skilled and compassionate professionals specialize in frenectomies using the Lightscalpel, a CO2 laser. This is considered the latest technology which ensures that the procedure is performed with precision and minimal discomfort for the patient. We prioritize your comfort and well-being during the whole process.

Depending on the age of the patient there are different before and after procedure therapies and exercises that will be recommended.

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