Milton Ntragatakis, DDS, MSD
Brittany Heffernan, DDS
Christi Walsh, DDS
Pediatric Dental Specialists
1824 Pearl Road
Brunswick, Ohio 44212 [map]
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The Lip and Tongue Tie Problem
If your child has been diagnosed with an Upper Lip or Tongue Tie, Dr. Milton and Dr. Brittany recommend three important steps:
STEP 1: Professional Support Group.
Depending on the Symptoms your child exhibits, Dr. Milton and Dr. Brittany recommend that every parent gets their appropriate Support Group together BEFORE any revision takes place. That Support group may include but not limited to a Lactation Consultant, a Craniosacral Therapist, a Speech Therapist or a Chiropractor.
STEP 2: State of the Art Laser Treatment.
There are many ways to revise a tongue-tie and a lip-tie, including cautery, scissors and scalpel, but the safest, least invasive and most effective treatment is the Laser.
Our State of the Art Lasers offer:
• Excellent hemostasis (risk of bleeding significantly reduced),
• Bacteriocidal effects (little chance of any type of infection)
• Photobiomodulation effects (reduce inflammation and improve healing) and
• NO need to place infant into the OR or sedation!
The laser is a much kinder method of revision, unlike electrosurgery, which actually burns the tissue and the scalpel which cuts deeper than needed. There is little damage to adjacent tissue when using the laser, therefore healing is quicker and less post-operative discomfort occurs. In reality, the procedure is simpler and quicker than a filling, requiring no anesthesia or stitches!
STEP 3: Active Wound Management.
Active wound management includes the “stretching” exercises that prevent the reattachment of the tissue. This is where the participation of you, the parent, is vital for the success of the treatment, along with all necessary follow-up from the Support Group assembled in step 1. Without proper follow-up, even the best revision may reattach, leading to recurrence of symptoms and the need for further treatment
The American Association for Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7.
Early detection and treatment gives your child the edge - a
much better chance for natural and normal development.
One advantage of having Dr. Milton, Dr. Brittany and Dr. Christi for your child’s dental home is that we monitor their growth & development on a regular basis. Our parents truly appreciate having orthodontic treatment done in our office. This allows them to coordinate cleaning and check-up appointments with orthodontic appointments. By working with the natural growth instead of against it, we can prevent problems from becoming worse, and give your child a lifetime of healthy smiles!