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Adult Tongue Tie Release (Frenectomy)

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Please continue reading below if you are an adult, teenager or seeking information about a frenectomy / adult tongue tie release for those aged 1 year old and above.  If you are seeking information about infant tongue ties then please click here.

Adult Tongue Tie

What is an Altered Frenum?

A tight or poorly positioned band of tissue connected to the lip, cheeks, or the floor of the mouth/tongue, also known as tongue-tie or ankyloglossia.

  • Brain fog, tiredness, lack of energy
  • Frequent dry lips on a daily basis even with use of lip balm
  • Speech and swallowing issues
  • Tightness around the base of the skull and upper neck, shoulders, or hyoid
  • Tenderness in the floor of the mouth
  • Neck pain, headaches, tension
  • Clenching, grinding, sleep bruxism
  • Reflux, heartburn, digestion issues.
  • Sleep and breathing issues
  • Waking up tired
  • Afternoon naps
  • Grumpiness and irritable
  • Snoring
  • Lisp as child
  • Sleep apnea
  • Chronic neck pain, back, and shoulder pain
  • Jaw pain and audible jaw click and pain on opening
  • TMD / wake up with sore jaw joints
  • Migraines
  • Diet food craving sugar
  • Sugar cravings for energy
  • Tooth sensitivity – rush of pain with water consumption
  • Mouth breathing (air coming in on teeth)
  • Teeth grinding
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Digestive issues and diseases

Functional Lingual Frenectomy / Adult Tongue Tie Release

The success of a frenectomy is based on the ability to provide a complete and effective release of the tethered oral tissues.  

The technique for the lingual frenectomy is based on precision: releasing the appropriate amount of tissue for maximal benefit.  To achieve this, we individualize treatment and use a technique which is appropriate for each individual case.

Lip & Cheek Frenectomies

The frenectomies for lip and cheek are done by laser.  The tissues of the lip and cheeks do not require sutures to heal by primary intention as scarring is a far less risk in these areas.

Multidisciplinary Approach

Dr. Erica uses a multidisciplinary approach that integrates myofunctional therapy (and sometimes physical therapy and/or other types of body work) before and after the Functional Lingual Frenectomy

We work closely with the Myofunctional Therapist to treat your Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders (OMDs), which are disorders of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth. If there are altered frenums present there are almost always OMDs present whether we are aware of them or not. They may affect or have affected: breastfeeding, facial skeletal growth and airway development, chewing, swallowing, speech, occlusion, temporomandibular joint movement, oral hygiene, stability of orthodontic treatment, facial esthetics, and more.

 In order to ensure success, Myofunctional Therapy is required for pre and post surgery for optimal function and healing.

For further information request a consultation below or head on over to our latest blog post – How an Elective Frenectomy Can Benefit You as an Adult.

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