Infant Tongue and Lip Ties
As many as 5% of all babies born in the United States have tongue-ties significant enough to cause breastfeeding difficulties. This condition can cause a plethora of problems for both babies (difficulty transferring milk, lack of growth) and their mothers (sore or cracked nipples, mastitis, and low milk supply). Babies with tongue-ties can be erroneously labeled as “lazy nurses,” “stubborn feeders' or as “failures to thrive.” They may also be erroneously diagnosed with GI problems when all that is needed is a simple 30-second frenectomy to release the tongue-tie, the result of which is to restore the baby's ability to efficiently feed.
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Using state of the art technology with a LightScalpel CO2 laser we are able to safely and quickly relieve tongue and lip-ties. Dr. Zavras are certified by the American Dental Laser Institute in the use of dental lasers. Dr. Zavras often lectures regularly about the use of lasers in Dentistry and enjoy teaching young dentists how to use them efficiently and safely. Dr. Zavras also serves as the Laser Safety Officer of the Boston University Dental School and is a member of the University-wide Sub-Committee on Dental Laser Safety.
We partner with a variety of specialists including occupational therapists and lactation specialists to get the best results for our functional releases.
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