BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A local dentist office is offering a new procedure to address a common condition among infants.
Doctor Carolyn Riley, a dentist at Summit Dental in Binghamton, is offering tongue and lip-tie laser revision surgery.
A tongue or lip-tie is a condition present at birth that limits the mobility of the tongue or upper lip.
Having one of these can lead to problems with nursing, feeding, speech or breathing.
The tie is released with the use of a LightScalpel CO2 laser.
The minimally invasive surgery takes about a minute and there is little bleeding, swelling or discomfort.
Riley says after seeing her niece struggle with it, she wanted to help other families overcome this disability. "My niece was born with a tongue and a lip tie and she was unable to nurse, she couldn't latch. I knew something was wrong but I couldn't figure out what it was. There seemed to be some barriers to care in the area so I decided to go for it. I love babies and moms and I wanted to help."
Some symptoms of a lip or tongue tie include a clicking sound while nursing, spitting up often, unable to latch, poor weight gain or painful nursing.
Monica Lorenc noticed her daughter Cora had the condition after reading through the checklist of symptoms.
She says the procedure was a big help with nursing Cora. "It's super quick and easy. It didn't seem to bother Cora too much. So if anybody is unsure about doing it for those reasons I would not hesitate to have it done."
Infants aren't the only ones with tongue ties as older children and adults can also suffer from it.
Symptoms for those older people can include speech or eating difficulties, crooked teeth, mouth breathing and snoring.