Frenectomy – Prosper, TX
Freedom from Lip and Tongue Tie
“Tongue tied” is a phrase that is often used to describe someone who is struggling to articulate their words. But a tongue tie is a real medication condition, wherein the tissue that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth (the lingual frenulum) restricts the tongue’s movement. Lip tie is a separate condition, wherein a frenulum that connects the upper or lower lip to the gums hinders proper lip movement. Here at Texas Dental Surgery, we provide quick and gentle treatment for both lip and tongue tie.
Symptoms of Lip and Tongue Tie
Symptoms of lip or tongue tie vary by age, but may include things like:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Delayed speech development or other speech problems
- Oral health issues, such as bad breath and dental decay
- Jaw pain
- An improperly positioned jaw
- An aversion to foods of certain textures
- Difficulty speaking after drinking only a small amount of alcohol
- Habitual mouth breathing
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Breastfeeding difficulties for both mother and child
How Are Lip and Tongue Tie Treated?
A procedure called a frenectomy is the standard way to address lip and tongue tie. We use a soft tissue laser to loosen or remove the frenulum that is causing the restricted movement. The procedure takes only a few minutes. It can be used to help patients of any age, including infants.
Patients who are a bit older when they receive a frenectomy might require additional treatment. For example, they may need therapy to train them to hold their tongue in the correct position and to use it to their greatest advantage. Some may also need speech therapy.
What Can I Expect During and After a Frenectomy?
During the frenectomy, you should feel little to nothing. That is thanks in part to the fact that we use a soft tissue laser rather than a traditional scalpel to perform the procedure. You might experience a bit of soreness afterward, but it is highly unlikely that you will require pain medication. When we perform a frenectomy on an infant, we encourage breastfeeding right after the procedure so the child can begin to enjoy improved nutrition immediately. Breastfeeding may also bring the infant considerable comfort.
Are you or a loved one suffering from lip or tongue tie? The team at Texas Dental Surgery is ready to help! Contact us today for more information about this potentially life-changing procedure.