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Tongue Tie and Lip Tie Revision

Although most people use the word tongue-tied to describe someone that has trouble speaking, the medical condition is known as ankyloglossia. Simply put, when you are tongue-tied, you are limited in the way that you can use your tongue; if you are lip-tied, your upper lip does not function the way that it should.

How does this happen?

When children are in the womb, a frenulum helps with the development of their mouth structures. As one grows, it becomes thinner, until it is barely noticeable. However, the frenulum in some children doesn’t become as thin as it should, which causes either tongue or lip problems.

As the tongue and lips are important for your mouth to function properly, children who are tongue-tied or lip-tied have a lot of trouble nursing and eating. They may also have dental and speech problems later on.

Signs to look out for regarding tongue tied and lip-tie

  • Inability to stick out their tongue
  • Unable to touch the roof of their mouth with tongue
  • Trouble moving the tongue around the mouth
  • Some may have V-shaped notch at the tip of the tongue

Many future dental problems that can arise

  • A gap between their front teeth
  • Recession of the gums
  • More cavities because of tapped food, plaque, and bacteria.

When a child suffers from tongue-tie and lip-tie, we offer a simple procedure called a revision. The procedure may be performed as early as the day of birth and has very low records of complications. Our doctors can perform the procedure in our office.

We see to the baby’s comfort by applying a numbing cream and then the doctor uses the laser to gently remove the frenulum tissue, causing virtually no bleeding. Stitches are usually not required. Afterwards, the baby is allowed to nurse or feed immediately. While this procedure is relatively simple, it can yield big results such as restoring ease of speech and self-esteem.