Dr. Paige Prather strives to meet the needs of all her patients to allow you and your family to benefit from the best care possible. Our office offers many areas of specialty services, including orofacial myology therapy. Our team is uniquely qualified to help families dealing with the challenges of lip-tie and tongue-tie. Using the latest research, technology, and training, she provides the solutions you need to improve your child’s quality of life and dental health when needing a frenectomy.
Treating orofacial myology disorders is a passion of Dr. Prather. As a mother of two sons who were born with tethered oral tissues, she understands the unique challenges you face as a parent of a child who lives the same issue.
Lip or tongue tie can make breastfeeding difficult while also causing complications with chewing, swallowing, and speech. If the problem is not corrected early, it can lead to issues with the facial skeletal growth and development, as well as their occlusion and temporomandibular joints. In some cases, it can impact their dental health while also changing their facial esthetics.
With first-hand knowledge from a parent’s perspective, she strives to deliver comfortable and effective solutions you need to change your child’s life. She is motivated to help you provide the best life possible for your child by correcting the tissue abnormality.
Benefit From Early Intervention
When the orofacial muscles and tissues do not develop correctly, it can lead to serious complications that can affect your child’s life in several areas. Although it may only be a small section of skin, it can create big problems as they age.
The average person swallows 500 to 1000 times per day. If the tongue is tied, it can press against the teeth, causing them to spread. This is often referred to as tongue thrust, which results from constant pressure on the teeth.
This can make it difficult for the teeth to erupt correctly while also causing an abnormal bite. If the upper and lower teeth do not align properly, this can lead to difficulty biting, chewing, swallowing, and digesting food as your child ages.
When the bite and alignment of your child’s teeth are affected, it can cause cosmetic issues as well, which may leave them feeling insecure about their appearance. Due to the improper oral functions, the muscles can be left weak, resulting in a dull or sluggish look. In some cases, the lips may be left partially opened, giving the chin a knobby look.
When you combine the improper placement of the teeth with weak facial muscles, speech problems are common. It is not unusual for a child to develop a lisp or have difficulty pronouncing sounds correctly.
Over time, poor oral functions can lead to a wide array of additional complications, such as temporomandibular joint disorders, which can cause chronic jaw pain, headaches, and more. In some cases, breathing disorders, like sleep apnea, can also result from weakened oral muscles.
Thankfully, with early intervention, the potential complications can easily be avoided. Dr. Prather and her team have the solutions you need to correct tissue to restore proper oral functions.