Tongue Tie / Frenectomies
Inspire Dental Wellness in Orland Park offers a laser frenectomy with the LightScalpel CO2 laser. Continue reading below to learn if you or your infant might benefit from a frenectomy by laser. If you are looking for a dentist to evaluate babies or adults then give us a call at 708-460-6699 or fill out the form below to have someone from our office contact you.
What is Tongue Tie?
It is when “an embryological remnant of tissue in the midline between the undersurface of the tongue and the floor of the mouth that restricts normal tongue movement.” Schedule an appointment today to get a comprehensive Tethered Oral Tissue exam by Dr. Erica.
What is Lip Tie?
It is an abnormally tight membrane attaching the upper lip to the upper gums (the labial frenum). Babies will often have difficulty flanging their lip and can’t create a proper seal at the breast. Schedule an appointment today to see if your little one has a lip tie.
What Does It Look Like?
It may look like the band underneath the tongue is tight and might be thick. We classify tongue ties using four different classifications: (
Images courtesty of Dr. Ghaheri)
This is the classic heart-shaped tongue that most doctors feel is the only real tongue tie. The tie inserts into the tip of the tongue.
Considered to be an anterior tie, this tie inserts just behind the tip of the tongue. We don’t see a heart-shaped tongue, but the tie is still clearly seen.
Classified as a posterior tongue tie, the distinction between this and a class 4 tongue tie is that the class 3 still has a thin membrane present.
No thin membrane is present, so this type of tie is the most commonly missed. The front and sides elevate, but the mid-tongue cannot.
Some Common Questions
Some studies suggest that it is a genetically inherited condition with estimates being around half of those diagnosed with a tongue tie have a relative who also has it. Tongue tie can be caused either by the frenum being too short and tight or it did not move back down the tongue during development and is still attached to the tip.
A Korean study by Han et al in 2012 showed that males are affected by ankyloglossia more so than females. Another study by Klockars in 2009 identified that ankyloglossia is present in approximately 4-5% of the population however that number is increasing due to ankyloglossia being inherited on a dominant gene meaning only one of the two copies to be passed to cause the effect of that gene.
Dr. Erica can diagnose tongue tie and works closely with many lactation consultants and speech language therapists that also diagnose ankylogossia.
If the tongue is tied then it may be difficult for the tongue to touch the roof of the mouth which would create difficulty with – d, l, n, s, t & z sounds. It can also restrict the arch in the floor of the mouth which would restrict sounds like r.
Click on Infant Frenectomies below to learn more about how a tongue tie or lip tie can affect an infant that is less than a year old. Some of our patients come a day or two after their birth. The sooner we can evaluate and treat a baby the better.
If your child is a year old or older then click on 1+ year old frenectomies. This also applies to children, teens & adults. Here you can learn about the symptoms and how we treat this age group since it is a different approach than treating those less than a year old.
Each patient is unique and treatment may differ, however at Inspire Dental Wellness we do a majority of our procedures using our state-of-the-art LightScalpel CO2 Laser. If you’d like to learn more on how we do CO2 laser lip and tongue tie releases with our CO2 laser then click here. If you would like us to reach out to you to find out more information about our frenectomies then please fill out the form below or give our office a call at 708-460-6699.
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