PRACTICE UPDATE: Due to growing concern about social distancing, we are currently only seeing patients with dental emergencies at this time. We are currently working to reschedule patients with elective procedures at this time. Thank you for your understanding, and we’re sorry about any inconvenience this may cause. We are monitoring this situation closely to ensure our patients and their families stay safe!

Before we can offer effective treatment for lip and tongue-tie, we need to be able to accurately diagnose the issue. Most patients are diagnosed and treated for lip and tongue-tie as infants or young children, so it’s very important for you to take your child to their regular dental appointments as early as one year old. Please give us a call at 615-771-2151 to schedule an examination and consultation if any of the following symptoms apply to your child.

Common Symptoms for Babies

  • Poor weight gain
  • Colic/excessive fussiness
  • Reflux/excessive spit up
  • Prolonged and/or frequent feedings
  • Early termination of breastfeeding
  • Failure to thrive
  • Poor bonding between baby and mother
  • Sleep deprivation and poor sleep patterns
  • Problems with introducing solid foods
  • Aversion to tummy time or certain resting positions
  • Clicking or other noises when breastfeeding

Common Symptoms for Nursing Mothers

  • Pain with breastfeeding
  • Nipple damage or distortion of the nipples
  • Mastitis, nipple thrush, or blocked ducts
  • Insufficient milk supply or oversupply
  • Sleep deprivation caused by the baby feeding frequently and for long periods
  • Depression or a sense of failure

Common Symptoms for Older Children

  • Inability to thoroughly chew solid foods
  • Gagging, choking, and vomiting foods
  • Finicky about foods
  • Difficulty with oral hygiene
  • Delayed speech development and speech impediment
  • Behavioral issues
  • Need for early dental intervention/frequent cavities
  • Diminished self-confidence due to feeling and sounding “different”

Common Symptoms for Adults

  • Inability to chew hard foods like steak or apples
  • Speech impediment that is not improved through speech therapy
  • Concentration and effort needed to speak clearly and unclear speech when fatigued or hurried
  • Frequent choking while eating
  • Difficulty with oral hygiene due to blocked access by lip or cheek that is too close to teeth
  • Struggle with frequent tooth decay or gum disease
  • Chronic headaches/migraines
  • Persistent neck and shoulder pain
  • TMJ disorder

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