IT IS COMMON in our culture to categorize someone as being tongue-tied, but did you know there is also a circumstance called lip-tied? Both of these terms are the culprit of a medical
condition which involves pieces of tissue in our mouths called frenula.
Tongue Ties And Lip Ties
As humans, we are all born with a frenulum. The frenulum is a piece of tissue that attaches your upper lip to the upper gums, one that attaches the lower lip to the lower gums, and yet another that attaches
the base of the tongue to the bottom of the mouth.
Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is a problem that presents at birth and is when the frenulum that attaches the tongue to the bottom of the mouth is too short. This limits the normal movement of the tongue causing
difficulties for chewing, swallowing and even speech!
On the other hand, one who is lip-tied is experiencing a thick and/or tight frenulum which restricts movement of the lip it’s attached to. Being lip-tied can lead to problems such as gum recession, and, in infants,
not being able to latch while breastfeeding.
What are the treatment options?
A frenectomy is a scary sounding word for a relatively simple oral surgical procedure. This common procedure eliminates the presence of a frenum in the mouth. The procedure is relatively quick with short healing times.
During the procedure the doctor will numb the area and make a small incision in the frenulum in order to make it smaller or remove it altogether. Periodontists (dentists who specialize in working with the gums)
and oral surgeons are normally the ones who perform these procedures. Another option is for the doctor to use a laser to remove the frenulum. Either way, the results are usually immediate and positive for the patient
and the lip tie or tongue tie is removed!
Let’s Take Care Of That Frenulum
The majority of our patients will never experience any issues with their frenulum. However, if you think yours might be tight or thick and causing you some issues schedule an appointment with us so we can discuss. We will
examine your mouth and see if a frenectomy would be a possible option for you.
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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.