If necessary, tongue-tie can be treated with a surgical cut to release the frenulum (frenotomy). If additional repair is needed or the lingual frenulum is too thick for a frenotomy, a more extensive procedure known as a frenuloplasty might be an option.
How do I get rid of my baby’s tongue-tie?
Frenotomy (also called frenulotomy) is a minor surgery or procedure for babies with a tongue-tie. Essentially, it entails snipping the frenulum under your child’s tongue to allow the tongue a greater range of motion. The doctor can use local anesthesia, but many newborns can handle it without any anesthesia.
Can babies outgrow tongue-tie?
Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is a condition present since birth that limits the movement of the tongue. The condition may not cause any problem, and the tightness may subside as the baby grows. If tongue-tie is left alone, babies can often grow out of it as their mouth develops.
At what age can tongue-tie be corrected?
Tongue-tie can improve on its own by the age of two or three years. Severe cases of tongue-tie can be treated by cutting the tissue under the tongue (the frenum). This is called a frenectomy.
Should I fix my baby’s tongue-tie?
There’s a wide spectrum of ‘connectedness’ to the floor of the mouth–thick tongue-ties, short ones, as well as frenula tethered in many different positions under the tongue. Medical experts don’t routinely ‘snip’ a tongue-tie, but the procedure is often recommended to improve breastfeeding.
What happens if you don’t fix tongue-tie?
Some of the problems that can occur when tongue tie is left untreated include the following: Oral health problems: These can occur in older children who still have tongue tie. This condition makes it harder to keep teeth clean, which increases the risk of tooth decay and gum problems.
What causes tongue ties in babies?
What causes tongue-tie? The tongue and the floor of the mouth fuse together when an embryo is growing in the womb. Over time, the tongue separates from the floor of the mouth. Eventually, only a thin cord of tissue (the frenulum, or lingual frenulum) connects the bottom of the tongue to the mouth floor.
Does tongue-tie cause speech delay?
Tongue-tie will not affect a child’s ability to learn speech and will not cause speech delay, but it may cause issues with articulation, or the way the words are pronounced.
Does cutting tongue-tie hurt baby?
Tongue-tie division is done by doctors, nurses or midwives. In very young babies (those who are only a few months old), it is usually done without anaesthetic (painkilling medicine), or with a local anaesthetic that numbs the tongue. The procedure does not seem to hurt babies.
What problems can tongue-tie cause?
Tongue-tie can interfere with the ability to make certain sounds — such as “t,” “d,” “z,” “s,” “th,” “r” and “l.” Poor oral hygiene. For an older child or adult, tongue-tie can make it difficult to sweep food debris from the teeth. This can contribute to tooth decay and inflammation of the gums (gingivitis).
Should tongue-tie be corrected?
Treatment for tongue-tie is controversial. Some doctors and lactation consultants recommend correcting it right away — even before a newborn is discharged from the hospital. Others prefer to take a wait-and-see approach.
What does a healing tongue-tie look like?
For the day, you can expect the tongue tie opening to look like a beefy red diamond shaped opening but it will quickly start to fill in with healing grayish/whitish/yellowish tissue.