Tongue-Tie Release in Dunedin, Otago

At Bell Hill Dental, our dual-qualified registered nurse and dentist, Dr Ally Dunning, aims to help children develop normally, stay healthy and thrive in every way! Because the tongue is an essential organ in childhood development, we offer tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) release using dental laser treatment for a comfortable and successful journey from infancy into childhood.

What Is a Tongue-Tie?Baby chewing on toy at childrens dentist in Dunedin

In each of our mouths, we have small bands of tissue called frenula that exist between the upper lip and gums, lower lip and gums, buccal (cheek), and under the tongue. When these tissue tethers are too big or tight, can inhibit oral movements and normal function, causing issues with:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Managing solid foods
  • Sleep
  • Breathing problems
  • Dental development

Functional restrictions can even continue into adulthood with persistent breathing and speech issues.

Laser Dentistry for Soft-Tissue Surgery

Many dentists are turning to laser dentistry for soft-tissue surgery because, in many cases, it results in less bleeding, reduced discomfort and faster healing.

While traditional scissor or scalpel “snips” often leave tongue ties only partially released, laser surgery is quick and precise resulting in a complete release of restricted tissue.

Using laser light energy, the dental laser cuts and seals tissue simultaneously, often eliminating the need for stitches. As a result, less bleeding occurs, and pain is minimised during and after treatment.

Dentist in Dunedin with children's dental patientTongue-Tie Treatment in Dunedin

After a comprehensive discussion and assessment, if a tongue or lip tie is determined to be contributing to the issues you or your child are experiencing, in most cases we can help immediately without the need for sedation or general anaesthesia.

Most tongue-tie procedures take less than two minutes using a laser.

Once the procedure is complete, your dentist will instruct you on tongue-tie exercises to perform to avoid reattachment of the frenulum. We will demonstrate these exercises for you and answer any questions you might have. 

Paediatric tongue-tie surgery is relatively non-invasive and heals quickly when performed by a skilled dentist using laser treatment.

We Welcome You to Call Bell Hill Dental to Learn More

We understand that parents can have anxiety about any procedure involving their precious little ones. Our compassionate dentist, Dr Dunning, is here to make sure parents and babies are entirely comfortable during any procedure. 

We invite you to contact Bell Hill Dental to learn more about our tongue-tie release procedure or children’s dentistry in Dunedin in general. 

While a referral is requested for breastfeeding infants so we can be sure there is adequate feeding support in place, older children and adults do not require a referral for laser tongue tie release. We look forward to welcoming you and your family into our care.