A tongue-tie is a frenulum that is too short. A frenulum is a fold of skin tissue that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. Tongue-tie can cause a number of issues for an infant, including limited tongue mobility, difficulty breastfeeding, and speech impediments.
Many of these can be avoided by treating the condition as soon as possible.
Treatment of tongue-tie
Tongue-tie treatment focuses on reducing the restriction of the frenulum, which can make the breastfeeding process difficult. A frenectomy, which is the removal of tissue, is the most common procedure used to treat tongue-tie. The procedure is performed by an oral surgeon, and it can be performed in a dental office or in a hospital setting.
A frenectomy may also be recommended if the tongue-tie is restricting the tongue from moving normally and causing the infant to lose weight because they cannot eat properly.
When your child’s tongue is too short or too thick, it can affect his or her ability to breathe, sleep, and eat. A myofunctional therapist can help with this. This specialist will evaluate your child’s oral function and anatomy and create a custom oral appliance to help correct his or her tongue position.
A lingual frenectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a portion of the lingual frenulum. The lingual frenulum connects your tongue to the floor of the mouth. A lingual frenectomy can help your baby’s tongue move freely and eliminate problems with breastfeeding.
To find out more about the dental services offered by our dentist in Albuquerque NM, Dr.Alicia Abeyta and Dr. Laura Snyder, call (505)-293-7611 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 4830 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Ste. K, Albuquerque, NM, 87111.