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What is a tongue-tie?
A tongue-tie is a condition present at birth in which the tissue that attaches the tongue to the bottom of the mouth is restrictive.
How do tongue-ties affect children?
Movement of the tongue can be restricted, depending on the severity of the attachment. This can affect speech, tongue function, breathing, and jaw development leading to tooth crowding.
What problems can they case?
Problems in feeding, breastfeeding, oral hygiene, dental health, tooth alignment and occlusion, tongue mobility, chewing, swallowing, voice, speech, and potentially self-esteem.
What is the goal of a frenectomy?
The goal of a frenectomy (tongue-tie release) is to establish tongue function, habituate correct posture, and enhance mobility, strength and tone.
How long does the procedure take?
We reserve up to one hour of time for a frenectomy. This allows us plenty of time to prepare your child for the procedure, complete the procedure, and of course answer any questions you may have. The laser procedure itself takes about 5-10 minutes, depending on the severity of the attachment
How long will recovery take?
This will depend on the grade/severity of the tongue-tie. You can expect some mild swelling, pain and/or discomfort as a normal process of healing. Over-the-counter pain medications are generally enough to manage any discomfort. These symptoms usually resolve over the course of 1-2 weeks following surgery.
When can my child return to school?
It is ideal to have 1-2 days to recover before returning to school.
Pre and post-operative myofunctional therapy is essential for optimal preparation and recovery of tongue-tie surgery.
An initial myofunctional therapy evaluation will determine an estimated number of pre and post-op sessions needed to maximize tongue funtion.
If you would like to learn more about frenectomy, or to schedule an appointment for your child, please contact our office.