Tongue tie is typically a condition that a patient is born with. Tongue tie is common and is generally evident nearly immediately after the child’s birth. Easily treated, tongue tie is best addressed during infancy to prevent complication with nursing and speech development. Tongue tie can be treated in children and adults.
Claremont Dental Institute provides comprehensive dental care for children and adult patients in Claremont, CA. Our dental care team is well versed in the unique needs of all stages of oral development. We provide tongue tie treatments from the comfort of our dentist office and work with a team of highly skilled dental care professionals, state of the art dental technology, and advanced materials to provide high-quality dentistry to Claremont families.
What is tongue tie?
Tongue tie is a condition that occurs when the skin flap that holds the tongue to the base of the mouth is too tight or too short. The skin tethers the tip of the tongue to the floor of the mouth making it difficult for the child to use the tongue’s full range of motion.
Tongue tie may impact a child’s:
- Speach development
Does my child have a tongue tie?
Tongue tie is easy to diagnose and can be successfully treated. Symptoms of tongue tie may include difficulty sticking out the tongue past the lower jaw, or the inability to lift the tongue up to the top jaw. You may also recognize your child has tongue tie if it has difficulty breastfeeding. Your pediatrician or dentist can diagnose tongue tie. Treating tongue tie early on in your child’s oral development can prevent secondary complication later on in life.
How do I treat my child’s tongue tie?
Claremont Dental Institute uses the Solea Laser to treat tongue tie in patients of all ages. Laser dentistry eliminates the need for surgery. Treating tongue tie with the Solea Laser is quick, effective, and nearly painless.
The Solea laser promotes natural healing and reduces swelling and discomfort. Patients enjoy shorter downtimes after treatment and patients who receive treatment with the laser often do not need a local anesthetic. Your dentist is able to perform the tongue tie treatment in just one visit to our Claremont, CA dentist office.
While it is never too late to treat tongue tie, your dentist may recommend treating it as soon as possible. Early treatment of tongue tie can help deter speech development issues that could impact your child’s self-esteem.
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Claremont Dental Institute is a family dental practice that incorporates the most advanced dental technology in order to provide patients with the most precise and effective treatment options available. Our dental care team services patients of all ages and caters to the unique oral health needs of infants and children.
We welcome new patients of all ages from the greater Claremont area, including San Dimas, La Verne, Pomona, La Verne, Rancho Cucamonga, and Upland California. To request your smile makeover consultation contact our office at (909) 277-6919 or request your consultation online.