A tongue is considered tied when the attachment underneath (called the lingual frenulum) is too short and impairs tongue placement and mobility. This may result in dysfunction of eating (breastfeeding), speech and sleep disordered breathing (snoring, grinding teeth..). This could mean difficulties breastfeeding your infant, speech articulation issues for your developing child and sleep issues if your child mouth-breathes. The attachment under the lip (called the labial frenum) may be too tight and .also cause problems. If the upper lip is tied it may cause difficulty nursing, brushing the top teeth, and can also cause a space or gap between the front teeth.
If your infant has a challenge breastfeeding, a lactation consultant (IBCLC) is advised before your visit:
What we do with our laser:
- Tongue tie release for nursing infants and older children
- Lip tie release for nursing infants and orthodontic patients
- Therapeutic treatment of aphthous ulcers (canker sores)
The tongue tie and lip tie are released using a state of the art laser, LightScalpel.
Along with the tissue release the older patients will receive myofunctional therapy (physical therapy for the tongue) Myofunctional therapy helps strengthen the tongue and orofacial muscles through exercises that re-train the tongue and muscles to function properly.
General Anesthesia is not needed for a tongue-tie, lip-tie procedure.