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  • Writer's pictureDr. Marvin A. Abarca

Tongue Tie! What is that?

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Tongue Tie! What is that? A tongue-tie is when the thin tissue underneath the child's tongue called the lingual frenum, limits movement and range of motion of the tongue.

What happens with a tongue tie?

If the frenum is limiting the patient's function, then a procedure to remove the piece of tissue is indicated. And that is call a frenectomy, which is a minor in-office surgical laser procedure that involves the removal of either the connective tissue located under the tongue (lingual frenum). This is done in order to correct problems that arise as a result of a tongue tie condition respectively.

What happens after?

Even though a frenectomy is far less invasive than other treatments, it is still a minor operation. If at all possible, spend a few days at home with your infant to watch over them as they heal. It's a good idea to let your infant rest and take it easy after their frenectomy.

Frenectomies can help your child restore complete tongue mobility, which will significantly enhance their quality of life. It is a simple and quick procedure.

Common signs to look for? Your child may need a frenectomy if they have any of the following problems:

  • Mother's feels pain when nursing

  • Mother's nipple is distorted

  • Baby falls asleep at the early and mid parts of nursing

  • Clicking or smacking noises

  • Dry lips

  • Mouth breathing

  • Excessive hiccups

  • Excessive gassy (from swallowing air while nursing)

  • Rubbery-like gum line

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