Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Lip-Tie & Tongue-Tie
The simple answer is that your symptoms will continue. In babies, bottle feeding, or nursing will continue to be a difficult process. When it is time to move up to solids from liquids, there may be texture aversions and sensitivities caused by the tongue lacking stamina. Their mouth has to work harder, therefore, they do not want to eat solids.<br>
In toddlers, we see issues arise in craniofacial development. This means that since the tongue was never able to reach the palate, the palate was never naturally widened by the tongue. This results in a long, narrow face and a high arched palate in the mouth. The bottom central incisor teeth usually are kinked inwards if there is a tongue tie. Once speech patterns begin to develop, we see issues with bi-labial words, stuttering, lisps and poor mouth posture. This can mean that when your child is at rest, the mouth is hanging open or the tongue is not positioned in the mouth properly. This also usually results in open mouth breathing during sleep, leading to seasonal allergies being aggravated. Let us know if you would like to learn more regarding this.
Unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee any results. However, when supportive care is in place, we see a lot of improvement for relief of the symptoms listed here.
Dr. Rowe uses a LightScalpel CO₂ laser. Traditionally, scalpel and/or scissors were used. This immediately causes bleeding, which can obstruct the view and makes it difficult to ensure that both the anterior and posterior components of the tie are released. Alternatively, some providers utilize a diode laser. This laser uses heat to remove the tissue. Each surgeon is different, but this technique is not preferred for many reasons. A CO₂ laser does not use cautery. The CO₂ laser extracts water from each molecule it is aimed at. This vaporizes the tissue versus cauterizing it. Thus, minimizing the amount of bleeding. A CO₂ laser is the most precise instrument available today.