Orofacial Myology Therapy-Franklin, TN

The Path Forward

Dr. Paige Prather strives to meet the needs of all her patients to allow you and your family to benefit from the best care possible. Our office offers many areas of specialty services, including orofacial myology therapy. Our team is uniquely qualified to help families dealing with the challenges of lip and tongue-ties. Using the latest research, technology, and training, she provides the solutions you need to improve your child’s quality of life and dental health.

Why Choose Paige Prather for Orofacial Myology Therapy?

  • Partnered with Myofunctional Therapists
  • Treatment Can Be Started Quickly After Frenectomy
  • Led by a Mother Who Also Dealt with Tongue-Tie

Passion-Centered Care

Treating orofacial myology disorders is a passion of Dr. Paige. As a mother of two sons who were born with tethered oral tissues, she understands the unique challenges you face as a parent of a child who has this problem.

Lip and tongue-ties can make breastfeeding difficult while also causing complications with chewing, swallowing, and speaking. If the problem is not corrected early, it can lead to issues with facial development. In some cases, it can impact their dental health while also changing their facial esthetics.

With first-hand knowledge from a parent’s perspective, Dr. Paige strives to deliver the comfortable and effective solutions you need to change your child’s life.

Benefit from Early Intervention

When the orofacial muscles and tissues do not develop correctly, it can lead to serious complications that can affect your child’s life in several areas. Although it may only be a small section of skin, it can create big problems as they age.

The average person swallows 500 to 1000 times per day. If the tongue is tied, it can press against the teeth, causing them to spread. This is often referred to as a tongue thrust, which results from constant pressure on the teeth.

This can make it difficult for the teeth to erupt correctly while also causing an abnormal bite. If the upper and lower teeth do not align properly, this can lead to difficulty biting, chewing, swallowing, and digesting food as your child ages.

When the bite and alignment of your child’s teeth are affected, it can cause cosmetic issues as well, which may leave them feeling insecure about their appearance. Due to improper oral functions, the muscles can be left weak, resulting in a dull or sluggish look. In some cases, the lips may be left partially open, giving the chin a knobby look.

When you combine the improper placement of the teeth with weak facial muscles, speech problems are common. It is not unusual for a child to develop a lisp or have difficulty pronouncing certain sounds correctly.

Over time, poor oral function can lead to a wide array of additional complications, such as temporomandibular joint disorders, which can cause chronic jaw pain, headaches, and more. In some cases, breathing disorders, like sleep apnea, can also result from weakened oral muscles.

Thankfully, with early intervention, the potential complications can easily be avoided.

About Myofunctional Therapy at Paige Prather Smiles

Choose a Qualified Team

As a parent, nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of your child. To correct oral tissue defects, our team includes a certified myofunctional therapist, Chelsea Madison. With Dr. Paige by her side, you can rest assured that your child is in the best of hands.

Our Technology

To treat lip and tongue ties, we embrace the latest technological advancements and techniques to provide safe, comfortable, and effective results when performing a frenectomy.

Soft Tissue Laser

Supported by years of training and experience, Dr. Paige is the only provider in middle Tennessee who is qualified to use a soft tissue laser for frenectomies. This provides a less invasive option when compared to a scalpel. In fact, your child will only need a topical anesthetic in most cases—not general anesthesia.

The laser provides precise cutting with pinpoint accuracy. It also cauterizes while it cuts to reduce bleeding and sterilizes the area to lessen the potential for infection. This method allows for a quick recovery that is free from complications.

Intraoral Cameras

To ensure that the procedure is performed effectively and safely, Dr. Paige uses a special magnification loupe and an LED headlamp to clearly see the treatment area. In addition, she also uses an intraoral camera to capture highly detailed images of the treatment site both before and after the procedure to monitor the healing process. These images can also be shared with your pediatrician, lactation consultant, or another healthcare professional to streamline your child’s overall treatment.

Comfortable and Quality Care You Can Trust

Our team is composed of mothers, daughters, and sisters who are invested in helping infants, children, and mothers who are in unique situations. We understand your worries and concerns for your child. We support your goal to give your child the best care possible, which is why we make it our mission to provide you with comfort and compassion.

We will take the time to answer your questions and address your concerns. We will discuss every aspect of your child’s treatment to give you the peace of mind you need to make the best choice for your child.

If your child has a lip or tongue tie, give them the best care possible with Dr. Paige and her team. We will treat them as our own while we work to create the foundation they need for a healthy, functional smile.

Contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting you.