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 revolutionary dental lasers for precision care and treatment.
Why is Tongue Tie Treatment needed?
When one or more frenulums is too short or too thick, this can cause problems with mobility. It might be difficult for you or your child to move their tongue or to open their mouth fully. Extending this frenulum by creating a slight incision through it can help to improve oral functioning. This can even make it easier to care for your teeth because you’re able to open your mouth fully and can extend your tongue completely.
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. For children, it is best to have the procedure done as early on as possible, since this gives the child time to adjust to the new frenulum. For adults, it is never too late to consider tongue tie treatment in order to improve the quality of your life. This treatment is safe and done as an out-patient oral surgery in our office.
What happens during Tongue Tie Treatment?
The procedure begins with an anesthetic used to numb the area or help to relax you. We then use lasers to carefully cut the frenulum. This laser prevents the need for a deep incision and can work effectively at promoting better mobility within the area. 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 for those experiencing intraoral problems.
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.