Tongue tie refers to an abnormal attachment between the lower surface of the tongue and the floor of the mouth that can create speech or oral development issues.
Tongue ties may interfere with your child’s feeding and cause orofacial growth issues that increase their likelihood of needing braces and orthodontics in later years.
Tongue-tie treatment for babies
Tongue and lip ties can be an obstacle for many children, restricting movement of these tissues that restrict speech, breastfeeding and weight gain, tooth decay and more. Luckily, this condition can often be corrected with our soft tissue laser procedure.
Tongue ties are abnormalities that cause the frenum, or small band of skin located beneath the tongue or upper lip, to tighten. Though not considered health related in themselves, tongue ties may become severe enough to impair oral development in children.
Frenum doesn’t restrict your child’s speech ability; however, it may make chewing and swallowing difficult and affect dental and orthodontic development as well as contributing to sleep apnea in some instances.
As babies or toddlers with tongue or lip ties may not experience major complications from the condition, it may be worthwhile speaking with their dentist to determine if frenectomy or frenuloplasty would benefit them. These surgeries can typically be completed in-office without needing for general anesthesia and typically take less than three minutes per site.
Treating your child’s tongue or lip tie is important to ensuring they can eat, speak, and ultimately develop into healthy adults. A tongue tie in infants may make breastfeeding more challenging as well as lead to other oral and behavioral issues; so seeking professional assistance for your child’s tongue tie should not be delayed.
Some babies are born with severe tongue or lip ties that make their tongue non-moveable; this condition, called ankyloglossia, can be very frustrating for both mother and child.
Unfortunately, a recent systematic review conducted by Vanderbilt Evidence-Based Practice Center (EVBC) discovered there is little research available regarding tongue tie treatment options for infants. Even though breast feeding has shown improvement among babies who had surgery for tongue ties, more research needs to be conducted in order to establish whether its benefits outweigh risks and harms.
Frenectomy is the go-to procedure for infant tongue-ties. Here, the lingual frenum (a small strip of skin that runs beneath the tongue) is loosed using either a cutting tool or soft tissue laser and fed immediately afterwards if not numb prior to.
Frenuloplasty may be better suited for older children. Although more complicated than frenectomy, frenuloplasty tends to be less traumatic and more effective in its results.
Tongue-tie treatment for adults
Tongue tie in Noida is an oral condition that can have serious repercussions for speech, jaw development and overall health, so it’s crucial that it’s properly diagnosed by a healthcare provider such as a doctor, dentist or myofunctional therapist.
Tongue ties occur when the lingual frenulum, a thin fold of mucous membrane connecting the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth, becomes abnormally short or thick. This condition affects people of all ages.
Many patients suffering from tongue ties will display some or all of these symptoms: stiff, rigid tongue that does not move or respond to stimuli; inability to make rapid, clear speech; difficulty chewing properly and poor eating habits (including food debris remaining between their teeth and lips after meals).
Untreated tongue ties have far-reaching repercussions for patients throughout their lives, including social interaction issues and low self-esteem issues.
A tongue tie can also impede the proper development and shaping of both upper and lower jaws, potentially leading to crookedness of mouth, tooth crowding and TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain.
Liguinal frenectomy can help alleviate your frenulum problems quickly and painlessly. This low-risk procedure can be performed quickly in dental offices by orthodontists or ENTs using lasers, scalpels or sterile scissors.
Once a frenulum has been clipped, myofunctional therapy exercises should be conducted to strengthen and ensure proper tongue movement, strengthen muscles in the tongue and make its attachments more flexible if a frenectomy becomes necessary later. These exercises also serve to prepare patients for surgery should they need one later on.
Frenectomy is an easy and low-risk procedure that can be performed at your dentist’s or orthodontist’s office without general anesthesia. To ensure an excellent experience during this procedure, however, you need to select an experienced dental or orthodontist to perform it for you.
Note that a frenectomy alone will not resolve tongue tie issues; training muscles back into movement takes time and myofunction therapy exercises should be practiced both prior to and after undergoing this procedure in order to ensure their full potential is being realized.
An outpatient frenectomy procedure at our office typically takes under thirty minutes using cutting-edge equipment like the Waterlase, designed specifically to work on soft tissues with minimal discomfort for our infant and pediatric clients. Most infants and kids are back to regular activities afterward!
Tongue-tie treatment for children
Floss Dental in Noida boasts dentists who are expert at diagnosing and treating frenulum tie, also known as tongue tie. Working closely with Hunterdon County speech therapists, pediatricians, lactation consultants to determine an individualized course of treatment plan, these dentists work tirelessly to treat their patients suffering from tongue ties.
Tongue ties can often be caused by an abnormally short frenulum (tissue tag), which limits your child’s movement of their tongue or lips, leading to issues in oral, dental, swallowing and growth development. This condition could potentially impact growth and development for years down the line.
Tongue ties can be particularly challenging to treat in babies as they can prevent nursing. Therefore, seeking professional assistance from an experienced physician to properly evaluate your baby is vital. These ties may also make swallowing solid food harder for your infant and cause long-term speech and facial growth issues later on.
At Floss Boss Pediatric Dentistry, we perform a simple surgery that releases the frenulum and allows your child to use his/her tongue/lip more freely and improve speech. Furthermore, this procedure may also assist with feeding, breastfeeding, bottle sucking and many other common oral functions.
Bring your child into our office for a thorough examination, and if necessary we may request referrals from pediatricians, speech therapists and lactation specialists if the diagnosis warrants. This allows us to form an objective opinion regarding whether or not your child requires surgery.
On your initial appointment, we will carefully examine the length and condition of your child’s frenulum to ensure eligibility for a frenectomy surgery. In addition, we will conduct a complete oral and dental health examination, including teeth and jaw health checks to ascertain whether this type of procedure would be successful for them.
Frenectomy can improve your child’s breathing, eating and speaking abilities and help them sleep more soundly at night. Furthermore, it may provide additional energy during the day while avoiding digestive problems.
As they learn how to communicate and develop with confidence, this can also increase their self-esteem allowing for more positive experiences both inside school and out!
At Floss Dental, the surgeons are experts at using laser technology to perform surgeries painlessly and quickly with minimal bleeding afterwards. By eliminating local or general anesthesia for quick, painless procedures using this innovative solution.
Laser surgery provides additional advantages by sealing blood and lymphatic vessels during the procedure, helping reduce risk of blood clot formation and speed healing time.
At Floss Dental, we provide frenectomies for children who have been struggling with tongue or lip-ties since birth. It is important for their oral health and speech development that this surgery be performed, and Floss Dental makes sure that you understand all available treatments so you can make an informed decision as to the appropriate course of treatment for your child.