Lip & Tongue Tie – Inver Grove Heights, MN

Set Your Child’s Lips and Tongue Free!

Smiling child with lip and tongue tie

Getting tongue-tied isn’t just an expression; it’s a real condition that can get in the way of your child’s eating, hygiene, and speech. Dr. Strumpf knows firsthand how problematic it can be, as his own daughter had a tie that stopped her from breastfeeding. But after a frenectomy, she was able to feed problem-free the next day! Do you think your child might have a lip or tongue tie? Call us to schedule an appointment; we’re ready to help with treatment for lip and tongue tie at our Inver Grove Heights, MN dental office!

Why Choose Mighty Molars Pediatric Dental for Lip & Tongue Tie?

  • Pediatric Dentist That’s Passionate About Frenectomies
  • Teamed Up with Lactation Consultants & Other Specialists
  • State of the Art Dental Laser

What Are Lip & Tongue Ties?

Mother holding sleeping baby with lip and tongue tie

A lip or tongue-tie occurs when your child has an overdeveloped frenum. The frenum is the tissue that keeps the tongue connected to the floor of the mouth; there is also a frenum attaching each of the lips to the gums. When a frenum is too tight or thick, your child won’t be able to move their lips and tongue freely. Tongue and lip ties can prevent infants from breastfeeding, and they often interfere with the development of speech if they’re not corrected early on.

Lip & Tongue Tie Treatment

Baby sucking thumb after lip and tongue tie treatment

Luckily, fixing a lip or tongue tie is fairly simple; all we need to do is get rid of the unneeded tissue. To do that, we take a state-of-the-art dental laser and carefully aim it at the area in your child’s mouth where the tissue is located. The energy from the laser will gently and precisely remove the tissue, letting your child move their mouth normally. The advantage of using a dental laser for this procedure is that it causes little to no discomfort, and your child’s mouth will heal quickly.

Learn More About Frenectomies

Sleep Apnea Treatment

Child sleeping using sleep apnea treatment device

In some cases, lip and tongue ties can even stop your child from getting a good night’s sleep. An untreated tie causes growth problems in the mouth, and as a result, the upper airway space will be smaller and more likely to collapse during the night, causing sleep apnea. This is something you want to avoid at all costs, as sleep apnea can cause your child to perform poorly in school and put their health at risk. If you have any reason to think that a lip or tongue tie is affecting your child’s sleep habits (like if they snore every night), call Mighty Molars Pediatric Dental immediately!