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Tongue Tie and Lip Tie Release

What Are Tongue​ and Lip Ties?

A tongue tie is a condition where the connective tissue called the frenulum is attached to the tongue on the bottom of the mouth. Similarly, a lip tie is a condition where the upper lip frenulum is attached to the top gums. 

Tongue and lip ties are quite common as roughly 11% of newborns are born with this condition. While it is not life threatening to have a tongue or lip tie, it can cause problems for your child if left untreated. 

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Signs To Watch for That May Indicate a Tongue/Lip Tie

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It is important to catch the condition early, as nipping it in the bud can help prevent further issue. Noticeable symptoms and signs that your child has a tongue/lip tie may include: 

  • Difficulty latching while nursing
  • Difficulty gaining weight
  • Inability to stick out tongue or lift tongue
  • Inability to keep pacifier in mouth
  • Gumming while nursing
  • Difficulty drinking from a bottle
  • Heart-shaped tongue
  • Colic 
  • Acid Reflux

Many of these symptoms simply come along with your baby’s struggle to move his or her mouth properly while that frenulum is attached in ways that are restrictive. 

What Happens When a Tongue/Lip Tie Goes Untreated?


Your child will likely experience discomfort throughout their life if a tongue/lip tie goes untreated. Sometimes the condition is missed simply due to it being slight and therefore unnoticed, or the symptoms are misdiagnosed. 

Some symptoms to look out for that could have been overlooked during the child’s early years are: 

  • Susceptibility to gum disease or tooth decay
  • Susceptibility to TMJ and migraines
  • Speech delays or impediments
  • Behavioral issues
  • Breathing through the mouth
  • Difficulty chewing harder foods
  • Frequent choking or gagging
  • Pickiness in food types

How Do We Release a Tongue/Lip Tie?

Introducing Solea! We are proud to announce that we have invested in Solea, the first FDA approved CO2 dental laser that can perform oral procedures on both soft and hard tissue. This dental laser replaces the dental drill in the majority of procedures here. Anesthesia is not even necessary for most cases anymore! This technology consists of a unique wavelength guided by sophisticated computers to deliver virtually painless dental procedures including frenectomy. It creates a very exclusive dental experience for your child! 

Solea was developed in Boston, Massachusetts by Convergent Dental, based on research conducted at the University of California School of Dentistry, and has undergone 30 years of research by the world’s top research organizations. To put it simply, the future of dentistry has arrived.


Your child’s procedure will be very quick and easy. While traditional methods include a steel scalpel, weeks of healing, and blood, the laser provides your baby a safe, quick treatment! 

Call today to schedule your child’s frenectomy and we will have it over and done with so they can continue to develop healthily!


Charlotte, North Carolina

704-703-2177 (Click To Dial)

17214 Lancaster Hwy #301; Charlotte, NC 28277

Working Hours

Monday : 8:00am-4:00pm

Tuesday : 8:30am-4:30pm

Wednesday : 8:30am-4:30pm

Thursday : 9:00am-5:00pm

Fort Mill, South Carolina

803-887-2319 (Click To Dial)

130 Ben Casey Drive Suite 105 Fort Mill, SC 29708

Working Hours

Monday : 8:30am-4:30pm

Tuesday : 8:00am-4:00pm

Wednesday : 8:00am-4:00pm

Thursday : 9:00am-5:00pm