Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is a condition present at birth that restricts the tongue’s range of motion.
With tongue-tie, an unusually short, thick or tight band of tissue (lingual frenulum) tethers the bottom of the tongue’s tip to the floor of the mouth. A person who has tongue-tie might have difficulty sticking out his or her tongue. Tongue-tie can also affect the way a child eats, speaks and swallows, as well as interfere with breastfeeding.
Sometimes tongue-tie may not cause problems. Some cases may require a simple surgical procedure for correction.
The consequences of an untreated tongue tie can be many and varied, depending largely on the age of the subject and the severity of the condition. The demands made on us increase as we grow older, and our environment becomes less forgiving of mistakes. Delay in treatment, therefore, can have negative consequences.
Lip ties are similar, and restrict the movement of the upper lip. This restriction can impede the upper lip from folding out, preventing a proper latch.
Can be treated with Laser treatment or surgical treatment with a blade. Laser include reduced or no bleeding, the ability to treat without a sharp object near delicate tissues, reduced risks of infection due to the antibacterial effect of the laser, reducing healing times and reduced scarring. Correction only takes a matter of minutes and parents are always welcome in the treatment room during treatment. If your child has swallowing or speech difficulties, we may recommend evaluation with a qualified speech or myofunctional therapist prior to treatment.