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Tongue-tie can be treated by frenectomy. A frenectomy is a minor dental procedure that removes the tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Doing so can resolve issues with breastfeeding and speech development.
Tongue-tie can cause a number of problems with breastfeeding and feeding. The severity of symptoms can range based on the degree of tongue-tie.
When the frenulum is large and restricts tongue movement, breastfeeding can cause pain. The baby may find it hard to draw milk from the breast, which can cause them to become frustrated and fall asleep at the breast. Additionally, the restricted tongue movement can lead to poor latch on the breast. The baby may gag or pull off the breast.