Oral Restriction Specialists Melbourne
What is an Upper Lip Tie?
A “lip tie”, or upper labial frenum, is the soft tissue that attaches the upper lip to the upper gums. The main function of the frenum is to provide stability and support for the mouth. It is made up of thin folds of mucous membrane with muscle fibers enclosed. It looks different in each child’s mouth, can vary in length and thickness, but tends to be more prominent in infants and toddlers.
What are some challenges that may be associated with upper lip tie?
• Difficulty breastfeeding
• Prone to injuries/tears
• Disruption to the growth of the upper front teeth, potentially causing a gap in between
• Difficulty maintaining cleanliness, leading to decay
• Receding gums