What is Tongue Tie?
The official term for tongue tie is “ankyloglossia” which means “anchored tongue.” In this condition, an infant’s tongue will be rendered somewhat immobile because it is more anchored to the bottom of the mouth by the flap under the tongue known as the frenum. This condition is common in infants, but it is often overlooked. It can be diagnosed at birth and may cause a number of difficulties for the baby. While it was difficult to diagnose in times past, it is now possible to be professionally diagnosed and assessed.
What if You Don’t Treat Tongue Tie?
The tongue plays an important role in the development of good nutrition and speech. Infants with tongue tie can have a difficult time nursing due to the immobility of their tongue. This also separates them from the many health benefits associated with a mother’s milk. Tongue tie may cause an infant to struggle with latching on to the mother during nursing. This can cause painful and discouraging effects for both the mother and the child. Of course, tongue tie can also produce speaking difficulty for a child later in their development.
How is Tongue Tie Diagnosed?
The dentist can quickly and easily examine the tongue by pulling it out and evaluating the attachment position of the frenum. The closer the attachment is to the tip of the tongue, the more possibility that there will be a problem with tongue tie.
What is the Treatment?
The treatment of tongue tie is best performed with the use of a CO2 laser. This laser can revise the frenum and allow for normal mobility for the tongue. This procedure can be performed from one week old to 70 years old.
Relief for You and Your Child
Both mother and infant can benefit from laser tongue tie surgery. The treatment is fast and requires only topical anesthetic. If your child has difficulty breastfeeding or you are experiencing physical or psychological pain involved with difficulties breastfeeding, give our office a call to discuss a tongue tie evaluation for your child.