Tongue Ties/Lip Ties
Infants as well as older patients can benefit from having abnormal frenum attachments fixed.
Lingual Frenectomy (tongue-tied revision) uses a laser to remove that thick tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. When a laser is used, there is usually minimal bleeding and sutures may not be required. It may look like your child has an open, diamond shaped wound underneath his/her tongue.
Maxillary Frenectomy (Lip tied revision) uses a laser to remove a bulk tissue from between the two front teeth and under the upper lip. When a laser is used there is usually minimal bleeding and sutures are usually not required. It may look like your child has an open, diamond shaped wound when you lift up his/her lip.
If it is recommended for your child to have one of these procedures performed, the consult as well as the actual treatment will be executed at Bloomington Pediatric Dentistry.
Dr. Julie Combs
Martinsville Pediatric Dentistry is very lucky to be able to work directly with Periodontist, Dr. Julie Combs. Dr. Julie Combs is a native of Indiana, graduating from North Central High School in Indianapolis and receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. After living out-of-state and working in architecture for a few years, she returned to the Hoosier State to begin what was one of the best decisions she has made – to enter the profession of Dentistry. Graduating from Indiana University School of Dentistry in 2005, she completed a three-year Periodontal Residency Program at the University of Kentucky, receiving both a Certificate of Periodontics and Master's Degree.
Dr. Combs is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, meaning that she has achieved the highest possible level of education in her field through extensive training as well as written and oral examination. She is a active member of the American Academy of Periodontology, the American Dental Association, the Indiana Dental Association, and the Indianapolis District Dental Society. In addition, Dr. Combs teaches in the Periodontal Program at the Indiana University School of Dentistry.
In March of 2011, Dr. Combs became a certified LANAP Practitioner (laser periodontal therapy) to offer her patients the latest and most modern treatment options for periodontal disease.
How will I know if my Child needs these services?
Soon after your child is born, your pediatrician may determine if the child is tongued tied or lip tied. If they are, latching on for the baby might be problematic. Poor latch could result into many issues for the mother and baby including: Unable to sustain latch, unable to develop a deep latch, unable to hold a pacifier, poor weight gain, difficulty with sufficient supply, falling asleep on the breast, early weaning from the breast, painful compression of nipples, low milk supply, post-partum depression, anxiety, or unable to breastfeed. If you think your child is tongue or lip tied, please contact Bloomington Pediatric Dentistry at 812.320.0522 to get a consultation scheduled with Dr. Julie Combs.