A tongue-tie is a condition that restricts the proper movement of the tongue due to a short or tight lingual frenulum.
A frenulum is a string of tissue found in different parts of the mouth, such as the tongue, cheeks, and the top and bottom lips.
Tongue-tie, also known as ankyloglossia, can cause many different problems in overall function, including difficulty in speech articulation, breastfeeding in children, and TMJ problems.
It can also lead to other chronic problems because of its relationship to the airway. It affects both children and adults.
Typically to treat this condition, a short surgical procedure known as a frenuloplasty will be required.
Treating tongue-tie is not a one-step treatment, as the tongue is a combination of many muscles that also works with the rest of the tissues of the mouth.
Myofunctional therapy is always necessary before the surgical release of a tongue tie.
A frenuloplasty is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows the tongue to regain its full range of movement.
During this process, the lingual frenulum is cut in a way that allows the release of tension and also proper healing.
The technique differs according to the age of the patient.
For babies that are less than 12 weeks old, the frenulum is snipped with surgical scissors or a laser.
The procedure is quick, and as soon as it’s done, the baby can be breastfed.
For older children and adults, the procedure requires local anesthesia and possibly sutures following the procedure to ensure proper healing without relapse.
Complications for this process are rare and may include bleeding and infection.
Myofunctional and speech therapy are typically required before and after treatment in older children and adults.
Myofunctional therapy is required before and after tongue tie surgeries.
It is a type of specialized physical therapy developed to train the facial muscles for chewing, speaking, breathing, and swallowing.
It helps to train the tongue positioning and also strengthen the muscles that deal with facial development.
We work very closely with other specialists in the Baton Rouge area to provide the best whole body care for our patients.
Some of them are the team of Bodyworks Therapy Specialists, the team at Downtown Physical Therapy, and also the ENT group at the Surgical Specialty Center of Baton Rouge.
If you think that you or someone you know may have a tongue tie problem, we recommend getting an exam with our office.
Our team at Tiger Smile Family Dentistry, along with the specialists we work with, stay up to date with the latest information and technology available to provide you with the best care possible.
Contact us today and schedule your appointment!
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