Can a Dentist Cut or Release a Tongue Tie?
A tongue tie arises when a group of tissues beneath the tongue impair the movement of the tongue. This condition is typically seen in infants who have a shorter frenulum, which is the tissue that connects the tongue and the floor of the mouth. Tongue ties cause restricted movement of the tongue. In addition, they can lead to symptoms such as:
- Speech impairments
- Chewing challenges
- Swallowing difficulties
- Inability to sustain a good latch
- Weight loss
Fortunately, there is a way to treat this procedure surgically through a frenectomy. During a frenectomy, the adjoining tissues beneath the tongue and the mouth will be revised to allow for better tongue movement.
In the past, scissors were used to correct tongue ties. However, the preferred treatment method today involves using a soft tissue laser. In addition to delivering faster results, a soft tissue laser reduces the risk of pain and bleeding.
Although the ideal time to treat a tongue tie is in the first few weeks of a baby’s life, infants of all ages, children, and adults may require a frenectomy. By undergoing this procedure, patients can avoid orthodontic problems, gum disease, dental decay, and speech issues down the road.
Infants who receive a frenectomy can rest in their parents arms during the treatment and return to breastfeeding almost immediately after without any pain or discomfort.
Contact Wells Family Dental Group
If you or someone you love has a tongue tie, contact our office today at 919-266-5332 to learn more about how we perform frenectomies.