In a baby, a normal tongue moves freely and is not restricted by the teeth and therefore extends outward between the upper and lower jaws. When swallowing babies, their jaws are separated and the tongue is placed in the gum pad to create a swallowing void. The tongue is attached to the floor of the mouth by a band of tissue called the lingual frenulum. When this tissue interferes with normal tongue function, it is called tongue-tie or noticeable ankyloglossia.

A tongue-tie is fixed by a simple procedure called a frenectomy, where the frenulum is ejected for proper movement of the tongue. A special laser is used to quickly and efficiently release the tissue with minimal discomfort and no bleeding. No relief or local anesthesia is needed, and the pain after surgery is minimal. Nursing mothers are encouraged to breastfeed after the procedure and mostly report immediate and sometimes dramatic improvements. Healing occurs within a few weeks, and exercise will be done at home to prevent a recurrence.

What kind of tongue-tie problem?

Free movement of the tongue is the key to a successful and excellent nursing latch. When a baby’s tongue movement is restricted, it can adversely affect breastfeeding. Symptoms include:

  • Children: weak or shallow latch, weak seal, dribbling or clicking, excessive air intake, nipple chewing, poor weight gain or failure to improve, frequent or extended feeding, falling asleep while nursing, colic-like symptoms, reflux or disability bottle Or keep pacifiers
  • Nursing mother: Pain during feeding, pain or damage to the nipple, compromised milk supply, or problems with the baby.

Tissue-like mesh can also be attached to the gums with the cheeks or lips, and these – a tongue tie – can also be surgically removed with a laser tongue-tie. When the lingual frenum causes problems, it is because the tightness, thickness, or width of the frenum affects the function of the tongue in different ways. There is a very strong tendency to bind the tongue in families and it is more common among boys. A laser tongue tie or lip tie release can improve your baby’s breastfeeding skills and allow for a less painful nursing experience for the mother.

Treatment options:

There is a lot of debate about whether the tongue-tie should be reset. There may or may not be any speech impediments or other functional problems but it is widely accepted that facial growth is affected.

Laser tongue-tie Sydney:

Under the topical (cream) anesthetic tongue tie, the tissue is removed properly and painlessly so that it is very comfortable for your baby. It takes virtually less than 15 seconds. Later there is no bleeding, no stitches, and rarely any discomfort. Children go to school the next day and adults can return to work on the same day. Eating is normal. Babies can breastfeed immediately after the procedure! This is an amazing way to do surgery.

The simple reason for this is that children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years are difficult to cope with. Under the age of 18 months, it is usually easier for a laser dentist to apply a topical anesthetic and perform the procedure.