My 16 month DD has an attached upper lip frenulum ( the flap of skin that attaches your lip to your gum doesn't stop above the teeth, it goes right down and around and has caused a huge gap between her front two teeth)
What, if anything, have you done about it? My husbands dentist told me I need to get it cut soon, but my dentist said to leave it. I had braces because my teeth were growing upside down and had surgery cause of it and it was a very traumatic experience, I don't really want my daughter to go through that, but I feel she will need braces now!
My son has this too. Apparently it's quite common with a posterior tongue tie and can cause latch probs (it did for us)... don't know if you noticed that?
Anyhoo, I digress. From everything I've read, it's not a problem with the baby teeth, but can become a problem when their adult teeth come through and can cause a permanent gap then. They don't operate when they're younger because many, many lip ties snap when toddlers fall over (ouch!). If this doesn't happen, I think they operate when they're 6 or 7 before the adult teeth come through.
When second dentition comes through (adult teeth) dentist is very likely to perform a frenectomy, where they cut it. It's a really quick 10 min procedure done under local anesthetic - not as traumatic for most people as having a filling done. It will then probably have a suture put in it and will heal quickly, if it's not done then a gap will probably be between the upper front teeth, resulting in extensive brace work. A frenectomy is a really common thing in the dentist chair, When I worked in dentistry we were doing maybe about 4 a day.... Hope this helps xx
Archie has this too, he was also tongue tied the poor thing and had to have that operated on when he was three months old. I'm just waiting to see if it snaps by itself. He does have a prominent gap, but I'll worry about it when he's a little older if it's still there x
Oh my god, thank you for this thread! Thomas has a large gap in his front teeth that I always wondered about, and I just had a nosey in his mouth. He has this frenulum issue as well. How would I know if he also had tongue tie? Breastfeeding was agony for the first few weeks but it is ok now.
My lo had tongue tie which was snipped at 3 weeks. I have just noticed he has this lip tie too. I'm so annoyed as i just couldn't get breastfeeding sorted and i thought i would be ok once the tongue tie was done but still had probs and has to ff. To think that had they have checked for this when the tongue tie was diagnosed i may still be bfing my baby! Grrrr. I'm going to my doc soon to get advice. Jx
She goes bonkers when I brush her teeth and keeps bashing it with her spoon and it's horrible to watch!
Minties - can you see your LO's tongue, at the bottom? If the frenulum there goes too far forward, then that's it. My little girl doesn't seem to be tongue tied, but she'd bite me if I stuck my finger in there!
Think I'm just gonna leave it. It's VERY thick, there's a good 2mm gap between her teeth and the teeth are squeezing the frenulum cause it's so thick. I reckon they'll have to snip it when shes older!
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