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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Conner's Lip Tie is Fixed!

In my last post I shared we had an upcoming appointment for a consultation on Conner's lip tie.  On Thursday we went in for our consultation, and actually ended up correcting his lip tie right then! 

We saw Dr. Brad Briggs of Briggs Family Dentistry and he was amazing with Conner!  He explained what would happen, numbed his lip, showed him the laser (he used a water laser so that it didn't get hot), and instructed him to tell him if anything hurt.  He also let me back with zero arguing, which I really appreciate!  Conner laid still and wasn't even nervous.  He raised his hand once to say he was uncomfortable so Dr. Briggs stopped and numbed him once more.  After that it didn't hurt him again, and Dr. Briggs was able to finish.  The whole process took less than 10 minutes.  He didn't need any sedation at all!  Yeah!

We have been putting coconut oil on it, just to make sure it heals well, and it hasn't bothered him at all.  He's been doing a great job taking care of the area.  He is very proud that his lip tie was fixed and is practicing saying words he used to struggle with.  He also shows off where the "laser fixed his lip" and makes sure everyone sees it.  I'm very proud of him, and so relieved it went so well!

This is the only "before" picture I had, which is not a good picture at all.  It's hard to see, but the little flap of skin that goes from the gums to the inside of the top lip actually goes down to the bottom of his top gums, right down to where the teeth start.  When his adult teeth grew in, you could see the flap of skin starting between where his teeth were, leaving a little gap between his top two teeth.  It was always very tight between his lip and top gums so it was harder to pull his lip up.  Food always got stuck on his top teeth because the area was so tight.

This is right after the procedure.  No pain!
And here is an "after" picture of his lip.  As you can see, it's healing up quite nicely! You can also see it's so much loser and stretches up nicely now.  It doesn't hurt him at all either!  Yeah!


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