Tongue Crib - Lollipop Dental Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Tongue Crib

A tongue crib is an orthodontic appliance with wiring that’s placed inside your mouth and hangs on two rings. These rings are attached to the back teeth in your mouth to stabilize the crib and keep the appliance in place. The crib prevents your tongue from putting too much pressure on your front teeth and corrects a condition called tongue thrusting.
Tongue thrusting is when your child places their tongue too far forward while swallowing. This usually happens when your child pushes their tongue against their front teeth. This is common if the child had a thumb sucking habit growing up. The tongue thrust habit alters the roof of the mouth and leaves your child with an open bite and gaps between the upper front teeth. The gap makes it difficult to chew, speak, and swallow — a condition that will persist into adulthood if it’s not treated early.

What to Expect During Treatment:

  • Please note that it takes 24 hours for the cement to harden.
  • Excessive drooling for 2-3 days is normal.
  • Speech alterations are normal until your child is use to the appliance.
  • Avoid chewing any sticky or crunchy foods ( i.e starbursts, skittles, gum, jolly ranchers, peanuts, ice, etc).
  • If the appliance becomes loose for any reason, please bring your child in as soon as possible.
  • Avoid carbonated beverages (sprite, sodas) to avoid dissolving the cement.
  • Some soreness for the first few days is normal. You may give your child Children’s Tylenol or Children Motrin as needed.
  • The adjustment period time can take up to 1-2 weeks.
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