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Adults can benefit from a lingual frenectomy to help with common issues such as:
Tongue-tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a condition that occurs when the lingual frenulum, the small piece of skin that connects the bottom of the tongue to the bottom of the mouth is too thick, too short, or attached too far up on the tongue, causing restriction of the tongue. It can impact oral and facial development, which in turn impacts the development of the airway, making it more collapsible.
The most common treatment for tongue-tie is a surgery called a lingual frenectomy. A lingual frenectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the frenulum. During the operation, your dentist will make a small cut on the frenulum to free up the tongue. The procedure is also referred to as a frenuloplasty.
A lingual frenectomy wasn’t nearly as common several decades ago as they are today, which means a lot of adults are living with a tongue-tie that they didn’t even know they had. Nor do they realize how much it’s impacting their life.
Alongside surgery, myofunctional therapy, and sometimes craniosacral therapy can be incorporated into the treatment. These are a type of physical therapy that helps to reprogram the tongue and muscles in and around the mouth.
You may experience:
Let your doctor know if any of the symptoms are severe. Typical recovery time is about one week.
Tongue tie has been linked to:
While elective frenectomies aren’t for everyone, they can make a positive impact on your life, especially if you have any of the above conditions.
To learn more about tongue tie and if a lingual frenectomy procedure could be a life changer contact the office of Dr. Abeyta, in Albuquerque, NM to schedule a consultation at 505-293-7611.