Middletown Dentist

Infant Tongue Tie & Lip Tie SurgeryMiddletown, NY

Even if a child does not have any baby teeth emerging from the gums yet, there is still a chance of various oral health issues. With pediatric dental care, we can help children receive the proper oral health care to grow up with a healthy set of teeth. While surgery is not always necessary to treat certain oral health issues in children, there are certain cases in which surgical treatment is the most effective and necessary option.

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Two types of surgery that we offer are infant tongue tie and infant lip tie surgery. These types of surgery can help children with speaking, eating and other oral health issues. The longer a parent/guardian avoids treatment for their child, the more difficult the child’s life will get. The earlier we can see a child’s teeth and diagnose this issue, the sooner we can begin treatment.

If your child, even in infancy, seems to have some issues with eating, speaking, swallowing or other dental issues, our procedures can help.

Infant Tongue Tie Surgery

Parents/guardians who worry about not noticing various illnesses or conditions in their children until it is too late will be relieved to know that tongue-tie is present at birth in infants. Tongue-tie occurs when there is an unusually short, thick or tight band of tissue between the tongue and the floor of the mouth. This limits the motions the tongue can make while also limiting other factors such as speech, eating and swallowing.

While some children may not need surgery to correct the problem, many other children need tongue tie surgery to treat the issue. There are also multiple benefits to tongue tie surgery for the child’s overall oral health and development.

Benefits of the Surgery

There are benefits to seeking tongue tie surgery for a child, including:

  • Helping an infant be able to breastfeed properly
  • Help a child learn to speak with less difficulty
  • Easier ability to lift the tongue or move it from side-to-side
  • Help child be able to stick the tongue out past the lower teeth
  • Make oral hygiene easier

  • In many cases, parents/guardians or the medical professional will notice this issue right after birth. Treating it right away can help the child’s growth. Along with that, this surgery is fairly quick and will make breastfeeding easier. Along with that, the infant will grow up with fewer speech issues and less difficulty taking care of their teeth.

    Signs an Infant Tongue Tie Surgery is Necessary

    Identifying the signs that show an infant needs tongue tie surgery are fairly similar for each patient. When a doctor notices tongue-tie in an infant right after birth, they may recommend seeking treatment or waiting and letting the issue eventually correct itself. While this is possible, it is not wise to wait. Parents/guardians who are unsure if their child needs tongue tie surgery need to check for the following symptoms:

  • The infant has difficulty breastfeeding
  • Lack of nutrition due to poor breastfeeding
  • The infant bites the nipple instead of sucking
  • Child has difficulty making certain sounds with speech
  • Child has difficult cleaning food debris from teeth

  • While some of these symptoms may not seem serious, they can lead to health issues in the future. Following this procedure, the infant or child should be able to continue as normal. An infant will be able to continue breastfeeding without issue. In many cases, anesthesia is not necessary. However, it is crucial to seek a professional pediatric dentist for this procedure.

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    Infant Lip Tie Surgery

    Infant lip tie surgery is similar to infant tongue tie surgery except that it involves leftover tissue behind the upper lip connecting to the roof of the mouth. The goal of infant lip tie surgery is similar to tongue tie surgery in that we aim to make a small cut to the excess tissue that will help make eating, speaking and oral hygiene easier.


    Benefits of lip tie procedure include:

  • Decreasing difficult of breastfeeding
  • Making it easier for the infant to breathe during breastfeeding
  • Ease pain mother feels during breastfeeding
  • Help prevent mother’s fatigue of having to feed infant constantly
  • Prevent the chance of the lip-tie causing speech issues in the future

  • With this surgery, parents/guardians can help their child have a better chance at a future of oral health.

    Signs an Infant Lip Tie Surgery is Necessary

    Signs of lip-tie are fairly similar to tongue-tie and include the child having difficulty feeding, noticing the lip-tie after childbirth, the infant’s difficulty breathing during breastfeeding and the child having slow weight gain or a lack of it altogether. If a parent/guardian notices any of these symptoms or sees the lip-tie, then they need to contact us and schedule an appointment today.

    Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry is located at 75 Crystal Run Rd Suite 235 Middletown, NY 10941.

    (845) 363-4177