Infant Frenectomy in Ashburn
Well before your baby is born, you are committed to doing everything possible to help him or her grow up happy, strong and healthy. Sometimes, you both need extra help to accomplish this, and one common but easily treated problem some parents and children face is a restrictive frenum. This is also called a frenulum and is commonly known as tongue tie or lip tie.
Why Choose Ashburn Children's Dentistry for Your Child's Lip or Tongue Tie Procedure?
Finding the right dentist in the Ashburn and Washington D.C. area for this procedure is certainly no simple task. It's important to do your research, talk to friends and consider your options. However, when it comes to choosing a Laser Frenectomy specialist who can help you and your child, the choice is clear: Ashburn Children's Dentistry is a place where advanced technologies are used to provide exceptional patient care.
Once you meet any one of the team members here at Ashburn Children's Dentistry, you'll know you've found the right place for tongue and lip tie specialists.
Please give us a call today or click on the "Schedule an Appointment" button if you'd like to learn more about the various options available to you and your child; we're here to help!
What is a Frenectomy?
A frenum is a muscular stretch of tissue that connects and holds other tissues in place.
Occasionally a frenum might be exceptionally short, thick, or tight, or may extend too far down along the tongue or the gum and results in lip tie or tongue tie. When a frenum is positioned in such a way as to interfere with the normal alignment of teeth, speech or constricts the movement of the tongue or lips, it can be corrected by a surgery called a frenectomy.
For a newborn, lip tie or tongue tie can make breastfeeding difficult for the infant and painful for the mother because the lip's or tongue's limited movement prevents the infant from properly latching on and drawing milk from the breast. If left untreated, it can eventually impair the child's speech and proper tooth alignment. The newborns we treat can nurse immediately and moms notice a very significant difference both in the quantity that the newborn consumes as well as their personal comfort while nursing.
Lip tie and tongue tie can be corrected by a procedure called frenectomy. Typically, this procedure is performed with a scalpel and sutures in a hospital setting. However, Ashburn Children's Dentistry offers an alternative to the traditional treatment, using the most advanced technology available: Waterlase laser surgery. Some of the advantages to our approach include:
- • Promotes healing and reduces post-surgical discomfort.
- • Eliminates the need for sutures in most patients.
- • Minimizes bleeding.
- • Eliminates the need for sedation for a newborn.
If your child (or one you know) is struggling with this condition, please come see us. Together, we'll do everything possible to help your little one grow up happy, strong and healthy.
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Ashburn Children's Dentistry
At Ashburn Children's Dentistry, we are especially interested in making our patients and their parents feel right at home! Our entire team is highly trained, skilled and dedicated to provide energetic and fun-loving service to each patient. All of our treatment team members are registered dental assistants, and our office staff has years of experience in treating patients with the highest level of care. We strive to stay abreast of the latest in technological advances by regularly attending continuing education courses and seminars.