Our practice is dedicated and committed to supporting mothers in their breastfeeding of newborns. Breastfeeding provides the newborn with the best nutrient value and it creates a vital emotional bond between mother and child.
A high frenum attachment often restricts the ability of the tongue and/or the upper lip to move appropriately to extract the mild during nursing. Symptoms of restricted tongue tie and/or lip tie include:
- Painful nursing for the mother;
- Biting of the nipple;
- Prolonged nursing, with long breaks or nap in between;
- Irritated infants;
- Loss of weight and failure to thrive;
- Aerophagia (swallowing of air that upsets the stomach);
- U or heart-shaped tongue;
- A lip that folds inwards during nursing
Infant frenectomy is one of the procedures that we perform in our office. We use a CO2 superpulsed laser to excise the frenum and to release the tied tongue and/or the tied lip.
After swaddling the baby, the doctor will apply a small amount of topical anesthetic and perform the operation.
The infant is returned to the mother for nursing within minutes.
Following the surgery, we prescribe a set of exercises to minimize the probability of re-attachment of the frenum. We request that parents adhere to the exercises for a period of three to four weeks.
The advantage of dental lasers over routine scalpel or knife surgery are many and include better control, minimal or no bleeding, less postoperative swelling and faster healing.
Dr. Zavras’ team works in conjunction with speech pathologists and lactation consultants to improve oral function, speech, swallowing, and nursing.