The official definition of tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is having a malformation restricting the movement of the tongue. It is a condition that is present from birth in which the connective tissue, called the labial frenum, between the tongue and the bottom of the mouth is too short, too long, or it can be thick and inflexible.
This can cause a myriad of problems in infants, including difficulty with breastfeeding or drinking from a bottle. If left untreated, it can cause developmental problems in speech later on.
What To Do About Tongue-Tie?
If you suspect that your child or even yourself might be suffering from ankyloglossia, call us and come in for a consultation. We have several options available depending on the severity of the attachment and age of the patient. In infants, as well as in adults, the procedure called a frenectomy is simple and can be done quickly in our office.
A lingual frenectomy is the procedure in which the tongue is numbed with an anesthetic and a small incision is then made which will free the tongue from the floor of the mouth. With infants, this usually can just be clipped and there is no need for sutures. Occasionally with adults, sutures are needed to repair the tissue and allow it to heal.
The healing process usually only takes a week and we ask that you do continue to monitor it and make sure that there are no complications or infection. If you do notice an unusual amount of pain or discomfort, please give us a call right away.
If you have a newborn who is struggling with latching on during breastfeeding or having difficulty drinking from a bottle, please don't hesitate to give us a call. We are able to check your infant relatively quickly and we can let you know if your child is indeed tongue tied. We look forward to hearing from you!
Christopher D. Kooning DMD, PC (503) 673-9097
15962 Boones Ferry Rd, Suite 105 Lake Oswego, OR97035