Parents of infants or young children often ask if their child will outgrow their tongue-ties or lip-ties
Will my child outgrow their tongue-tie or lip-tie?
If your child is not experiencing any symptoms or issues, they may not need to get treated. The procedure to treat tongue ties and lip-ties is a frenectomy.
Various medical and dental providers may diagnose tongue ties or lip-ties, and they will be able to inform parents as to whether their child’s individual situation calls for treatment or not.
For the most part, if a tongue-tie or lip-tie isn’t causing issues that directly affect the child’s development, the tongue-tie or lip-tie may alleviate itself by stretching as the child grows.
What if my child doesn’t get treatment?
Untreated lip-ties or tongue-ties may affect the health of your child through different ages in their life.
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing foods
- A strong gag reflex
- Delayed speech
- Snoring or sleep apnea
- Difficulty with oral hygiene
Not treating tongue-ties or lip-ties at an early age may result in the need for intervention down the road from speech-language pathologists, otolaryngologists, orofacial myofunctional therapists, and dentists.
If your child is having trouble with any of the symptoms listed above, call our office to discuss our frenectomy procedure which is quick and gentle using our LightScalpel CO2 laser! Learn More about Frenectomies at Cumberland Valley Pediatric Dentistry by Clicking Here.