Tongue/Lip Tie Procedures at The District Center for Oral, Facial and Implant Surgery.
Newborn Tongue and Lip Tie
In order to breastfeed properly, babies need to create a vacuum type pressure with their lips and tongue on the breast, sucking the breast to drink the milk. This is quite different from the compression that some babies with tongue or lip tie use to squeeze the milk out of the breast, which can be painful for the mother. Fortunately, a simple procedure can correct the tongue tie and make breastfeeding much easier for the baby and mother.
How is it corrected?
Tongue tie is a tight cord of tissue that anchors the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. This reduces the mobility of the tongue. In a similar fashion, a lip tie is a tight cord that attaches the lip close to the gum line. Tongue and lip tie often occur together.
The procedure to release the cord of tissue, (frenulum) to increase mobility of the tongue or lip is called a frenectomy or frenulotomy. It is a relatively simple procedure to snip the tissue, which causes very little discomfort, and the chances of any complications are quite low.
The baby is able to breastfeed immediately after the procedure and the difference in how the baby nurses can be seen right away. After-care usually involves stretching of the tongue and massaging the incision.
Our Mothers Room
We have created a peaceful, relaxing environment with a special table for the actual procedure, as well as a special place for breastfeeding after the procedure. Our Mothers Room has and lighting with dimmer switches and a comfortable rocking chair for mothers who want to breastfeed their babies before they leave the office.