At Milltown Dental, we can provide treatment that allows normal tongue function for baby’s born with tongue-tie and lip tie. Your child will receive the treatment at a young age when it is less intrusive, allowing them to breastfeed easily while growing to develop normal speech and enjoy simple pleasures such as eating an ice cream cone.
What is tongue-tie?
Tongue-tie, or “Ankyloglossia” limits tongue movement as a result of fusion or adherence of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. This is because the “frenulum” is either abnormally short or attached too close to the tip of the tongue. The frenulum is a piece of skin that runs along the floor of the mouth. In most cases, this skin separates from the tongue before birth. However, with tongue-tie, the frenulum remains attached.
How is tongue-tie diagnosed?
In most cases, tongue-tie is noticeable when the baby cries as their tongue will be heart shaped due to a tight frenulum. A “posterior tongue-tie” is more difficult to diagnose. In this case, the tongue looks squared off with the floor of the mouth webbing/tenting the tongue. The edges of the tongue will form a cup when your baby cries as the tongue is unable to elevate. The tongue cannot move side to side but instead twists side to side. The tongue struggles to extend out of the mouth while it’s open but cannot stick out. Dr. Julie can assess your baby to confirm tongue-tie.
Why is tongue-tie a problem?
There are many issues with tongue-tie as it affects your baby's ability to feed. As well it affects their oral development, which will impact their ability to eat, swallow and speak. Some common issues include:
Poor oral hygiene
Inability to lick, kiss or play a wind instrument
How does tongue-tie affect breastfeeding?
Tongue-tie poses a challenge for new mothers who are unable to properly breastfeed their newborns. It is frustrating and can cause the baby to suffer mentally and physically. It can interfere with weight gain as the baby is unable to latch on to breastfeed properly. Mothers can also experience breast issues such as cracks, bruises, and pain during feedings. This increases the risk for breast infection which can affect milk supply. Babies will also experience hunger more frequently as they are not getting enough milk. This means less sleep for mother and baby.
What is laser frenectomy?
Dr. Julie uses laser surgery to quickly separate the frenulum from the tongue. The soft tissue laser does not cut the tissue so it is quicker and safer than using a cutting method. Your baby is more comfortable during the surgery as you can hold the baby to keep them safe and calm.
What are the benefits of laser frenectomy?
The benefits of laser frenectomy include:
Parents can hold the baby and be present during the procedure
A lot less pain with many babies actually sleeping through the surgery
Very rare bleeding as the laser cauterizes during the surgery
No needle required
None or very minimal post-op pain as the laser seals the nerve endings
No recovery time required
Immediate successful feeding
Why have tongue-tie surgery?
As already mentioned tongue-tie can lead to many issues, especially the health and well-being of our baby due to breastfeeding challenges. There are many reasons tongue tie surgery should be performed including:
Stimulate milk production
To make breastfeeding a pleasant experience and improve mother/baby bonding
Psychological relief for parents with better sleep
Baby will thrive
Baby will develop better, healthier sleep habits
Avoid serious long term issues with palatal development, tooth spacing, dental caries, speech impairments
Avoid speech issues
Allow the development of a normal swallowing pattern
Allow the tongue to self-cleanse the mouth thus lowering the risks of gum disease and decay
Allow basic tongue function such as licking, kissing, sticking the tongue out
It will help reduce the risks of choking and developing an atypically strong gag reflex
Considering Tongue Tie Surgery in Milton? Call Milltown Dental
Dr. Julie is the most confident, knowledgeable and passionate dentist I have ever met! My daughter was diagnosed with a mild tongue tie the day she was born and at a few weeks old, I started searching endlessly on where to have her release done. As a worried mom, I wanted the best of the best treatment and thankfully, I was recommended to Dr.Julie. Let me tell you…Dr.Julie IS the definition of BEST of the BEST!! The moment I met her in person, I knew my 5 week old was in good hands. This is the EXACT person you want doing a tongue tie procedure.
All the staff are incredibly kind, professional and genuine. The clinic is very clean and organized. For each appointment, I was greeted immediately and was brought in right away.
You will initially watch a detailed informative video and then will meet with the dentist outlining the procedure. She did not pressure us what so ever. The actual laser treatment happens quick, yes your baby will cry (it’s normal) and finally you will be taught the daunting yet IMPORTANT stretches. Make sure to NOT skip them. Thank you Dr. Boudreault for showing me how to do them a million times and not once were you bothered. God bless you all.
Baby Rose’s mom
Wow ! First let me start off by saying thank you Anita & Nadia you both were unbelievable so helpful and respectful thank you for making me feel comfortable for my first time there. 2nd thank you to all the professionals in this establishment I strongly recommend this location they did a fantastic job. See you again !
Dr. Julie is amazing. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field and makes you feel confident while making the decision about your babies oral ties. We're so happy we went with Milltown Dental to fix our daughters tongue tie, we truly felt like we were under the best care possible.
Thank you Dr. Julie and team!
Took my 2 month old for a lip and tongue tie. Dr. Julie was extremely knowledgeable, things I didn’t even know was part of a tie. I was so anxious going into the appointment that after watching the video and talking to Dr. Julie, I knew I had made the right decision in coming to this office. I also didn’t feel pressured at all, which also made me feel better about the decision. Everyone was very friendly and the office is very clean. Thank you Milltown Dental!! I Will definitely recommend to friends and family!!
Always 5 stars at Milltown Dental. The staff is so friendly and they really know what they are doing. This is my go to place in a Milton.
Dr. Julie is the best dentist ever!!
I walked into Milltown Dental with severe anxiety and horrible teeth. With Dr. Julie's compassion, understanding, and master skills, I've left with confidence and faith that there's nothing we can't get through together.
I owe my own and my family's smile to Dr. Julie and Milltown Dental. 💛
If I could give more than 5 starts I would. Not only is Dr. Julie incredibly skilled but she is the kindest most ethical and empathetic dentist I have come across. She has a top-notch informative consultation process for those looking to explore tongue/lip ties for their babies. The office itself is a clean comfortable environment, staff are efficient and very friendly.
Really fantastic experience here. Staff and dental professionals seem to genuinely care. It didn’t feel like they were just trying to sell me treatments. The hygienist I had was very professional and kind. The dentist was very personable and took the time to explain things to me. Would strongly recommend this office to anyone looking for a great dentist experience.
UPDATE: I got invisilines here and the experience has been awesome. They explain everything in plain language and make it easy to understand the process. I was so impressed with how pleasant they made the treatment.
Again, really great dentist practice. Strongly recommend.