Tongue Tie Release
Ankyloglossia, commonly known as “tongue tie,” is a condition present at birth that affects the movement and function of the tongue. It occurs when the thin band of tissue (lingual frenulum) that connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth is shorter, tighter, or thicker than usual. This restricted or shortened frenulum can limit the tongue’s range of motion leading to various difficulties in infants, children, and sometimes even adults.
The severity of ankyloglossia can vary from mild to severe, and not all cases require treatment. Some babies may have a tongue tie without experiencing significant problems, while others may face challenges with feeding and speech development.
- Difficulties with breastfeeding.
- Speech difficulties: As children grow older, an untreated tongue tie can affect speech development. The restricted tongue movement may interfere with the articulation and pronunciation of certain sounds, such as “t,” “d,” “l,” and “r.”
- Dental issues: In some cases, ankyloglossia can contribute to problems with dental health, such as a gap between the front and lower teeth or difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Pediatricians, lactation consultants, or speech therapists can evaluate an infant for tongue tie. The assessment involves observing the baby’s ability to move their tongue, checking for any feeding difficulties, and assessing speech development (if applicable).
The decision to treat ankyloglossia depends on the severity of symptoms and how they impact the individual’s quality of life.
Treatment options include:
Tongue Tie Release
Release the tissue that is tethering the done. This is done under local anesthesia in the office or under anesthesia in the operating room depending on your child’s age.
This depends on the severity of the problem, but may respond to conservative management.
It’s essential to consult with healthcare professionals to determine the best course of action for an individual with ankyloglossia. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can significantly improve feeding, speech, and overall quality of life for those affected by tongue tie.