What is Tongue Tie Treatment?
Tongue tie treatment, which is medically known as a frenectomy, is a procedure that involves cutting the connective tissue either underneath the tongue or in the center of the upper or lower lip. There are several frenulums in the mouth and when these connective tissues are too large or too short, they can prevent proper mobility of the lips and tongue. We can perform a frenectomy using a dental laser.
Why is Tongue Tie Treatment needed?
When one or more frenulums is too short or too thick, this can cause problems with mobility of the tongue. Problems with nursing, speech, airway and development of the mouth can be affected.
What makes you or your child a candidate for Tongue Tie Treatment?
A simple examination can help us to determine if a frenectomy is necessary. At birth nurses and doctors often check for a tongue tie. At our dental office we are able to perform the procedure on children who are 6 years of age and older. For adults, it is never too late to consider tongue tie treatment in order to improve tongue mobility.
What happens during Tongue Tie Treatment?
The procedure begins with an anesthetic used to numb the area or help to relax you. We then utilize a laser to carefully cut the frenulum. The excision takes 1-2 minutes to complete. You will be given aftercare instructions to ensure that the area heals properly. Most frenectomies require no sutures, and the recovery time is minimal when compared to other oral surgeries. This procedure is a viable part of myo-functional therapy.
If you are interested in tongue tie treatment and want to learn more about the procedure, call us today to schedule an appointment to be seen.