What it is and how to treat it.
What are the Indicators of a Tongue-Tie in a Child or Adult?
Difficulties with early feeding for the breastfeeding mother and child
Difficulties transitioning to solid/mixed consistencies of foods
Mumbling/Not pronouncing words correctly
Speech not improving despite years of speech therapy
Messy, picky eater
Unable to properly clear food particles resulting in an increase in cavities
Deviated swallowing patterns
Extended period of time in orthodontics
What is a Tongue-Tie?
Ankyloglossia, mostly commonly known as tongue-tie, is when an individual has a limited range of motion with the tongue.
What Causes a Tongue-Tie?
A tongue-tie is caused by a restricted lingual frenulum, the membrane that extends from the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth.
How Do You Treat a Tongue-Tie?
We treat tongue ties as a multidisciplinary approach. As an ambassador of The Breathe Institute, Dr Villafane works with ENTs, orthodontists, dentists, myofunctional therapists, speech language pathologists to provide all-encompassing care.
After diagnosis a tongue-tie or lip-tie release is performed in the office. In April of 2020 Floss Family Dental and Surgical Center invested in a LightScalpel CO2 laser. Doing so provides a multitude of benefits to patients: less surgical time and discomfort during the procedure, reduced swelling, a cleaner cut resulting in less scar tissue and less risk of infection.
Read more about how lasers work to fix a tongue tie or lip tie on the LightScalpel patient education page.
Did you know?
If you have a parent or sibling with a tongue-tie, it’s very likely you could have one too.
Call to set up an appointment to learn if you or a child could benefit from a procedure to correct a tongue-tie.
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