Well, it’s been about 12 days since my almost 8 year old daughter had her lip tie fixed at St. Croix Kidds Pediatric Dentistry by Dr. Darcy. Undiagnosed at birth, that lip tie created a ton of issues with breastfeeding (I only made it past 4 weeks with the help of some friends) and now was causing a huge gap between her front teeth. My hope was to have the frenectomy done so that her front teeth would grow together. I don’t have any before pictures, because, and if you have ever gone through this with your child, it’s a little nerve-wracking and I simply was too nervous to remember to take a “before” shot.
So, if you’re curious, here’s what the whole thing was like:
Dr. Darcy brought me back with both kids. She had a DVD playing on the ceiling for the kids to watch while she did her exam. My daughter went first. There was no need to fix her tongue (it turns out she thrusts her tongue outward when she swallows, which is causing choking), but Dr. Darcy said for sure there was a need for a release on her teeth. Her main concern was that doing the release would change my daughter’s smile, but after deliberating for awhile, I finally asked my daughter what SHE wanted. She wanted to get her lip fixed. My son, on the other hand, ended up not needing any release done. We did decide to have him go back to the ENT who took out his tonsils and adnoid to make sure things still looked ok.
With babies, Dr. Darcy doesn’t use any kind of anesthesia to do the frenectomy with the laser. She does it so quickly that they don’t really know what’s going on, she explained. With my daughter, she had her on Nitrous Oxide (but gave me the choice on it), gave her a good topical, and then injected the local anesthetic. After a few minutes with the laser, she had me come over to check it out. We agreed she could go a little further, so she did. When she was done and my daughter was on the Oxygen for a few minutes, that was it. We went home. Here’s a picture of what it looked like right away:
We had to have my daughter eat a soft diet for the next 24 hours. She had one dose of Acetaminophen right away and one dose of Ibuprofen before bed, but otherwise…she was good. She did have some swelling the next 2 days, but she kept telling me that it didn’t hurt, and I’m sure it didn’t.
So there you go. I’m glad we did it. She was good about stretching her lip. I took a picture last night and it’s almost all the way healed. We had a debate at dinner if her teeth were moving together yet. It’s too soon to tell. But if you’re on the fence about having it done via laser and worry if it will hurt your baby or child for awhile, rest easy.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!