Tongue and lip ties are a congenital condition that occurs when the strip of skin (lingual frenulum) that connects a baby’s tongue or the lip to the floor of the mouth is shorter than usual. Typically, this strip of skin separates before birth, which allows the tongue free range of motion. With tongue-tie, the lingual frenulum remains attached to the bottom of the tongue.
Tongue and lip tie is a very common condition that, if addressed quickly, will not hinder a child’s development. However, if left untreated, tongue-tie can result in malnourishment, speech difficulty, or poor oral hygiene.
Signs of tongue-tie or lip-tie include:
- Restriction of the tongue’s movement, making it harder to breastfeed
- Difficulty lifting the tongue up or moving it from side to side
- Difficulty sticking the tongue out
- The tongue looks notched or heart-shaped when stuck out
Treatment of Tongue-Tie or Lip-Tie
The treatment of tongue-tie for infants is a simple surgical procedure called a frenotomy. We examine the lingual frenulum and then use Solea* Dental Laser to detatch the frenulum. Stitches are usually not necessary.