What is a Tongue Tie?
A tongue tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a condition where the thin piece of tissue connecting the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth is shorter or tighter than usual. This can restrict the movement of the tongue, leading to various difficulties in speaking, eating, and breastfeeding. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available to address this issue and improve the quality of life for those affected.
The Tongue Tie Treatment Process
If you or your child is experiencing the challenges associated with tongue tie, it’s important to understand the treatment process. The team at Miles of Little Smiles, led by Dr. Mila Belgrade, specializes in providing comprehensive tongue tie treatments using the latest advancements in dental technology.
Evaluation and Diagnosis
During the initial consultation, Dr. Mila or Dr. Dee will carefully examine the tongue and assess its range of motion. Using her expertise and experience, she will determine if a tongue tie is present and discuss the potential treatment options available.
CO2 Laser Frenectomy
At Miles of Little Smiles, we utilize the CO2 laser technique for frenectomies. This advanced laser technology allows for precise and gentle removal of the restrictive tissue. The CO2 laser is highly effective in minimizing discomfort and reducing the risk of complications during the procedure.
Post-Treatment Care and Support
After the frenectomy, your doctor will provide detailed instructions on how to care for the treated area. This may include exercises to promote healing and improve tongue mobility. Our team will also be available to address any concerns or questions you may have during the recovery process.
The Benefits of Tongue Tie Treatment
Tongue tie treatment offers numerous benefits for individuals of all ages. Here are some of the key advantages:
Improved Speech and Articulation: Tongue tie can affect speech clarity and pronunciation. By addressing the underlying issue, individuals can experience significant improvements in their ability to communicate effectively.
Enhanced Feeding and Swallowing: Infants with tongue tie may struggle with breastfeeding or bottle feeding. Tongue tie treatment can help improve their ability to latch onto the nipple and feed efficiently, leading to better nutrition and overall growth.
Prevention of Dental Issues: Untreated tongue tie can contribute to oral health problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, and misalignment of the teeth. By addressing the condition early on, you can help prevent these issues from occurring.
Why Choose Miles of Little Smiles?
At Miles of Little Smiles, our dentists in White Plains offer a range of treatment options tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient. Here are some of the options available:
Laser Frenectomies: This procedure involves using the CO2 laser to release the restrictive tissue, allowing for improved tongue mobility and function with little to no pain, bleeding, or healing time.
Personalized Treatment Plans: We take a personalized approach to each patient’s care, ensuring that the treatment plan is tailored to their specific needs.
Compassionate and Supportive Environment: Our team understands the importance of providing a caring and supportive environment for our patients. We strive to create a comfortable experience for both children and adults throughout their tongue tie treatment journey.