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During the first years of life, the function of the tongue is essential for the proper development of the jaws, speech, feeding, and the alignment of the teeth. It’s very important that parents understand the importance of seeking an in-person initial oral examination for your child if you are experiencing any symptoms. This examination can help detect a tongue-tie or other oral functional issues that may be impacting your child’s growth and development. If a tongue-tie is diagnosed, treatment first involve therapy, which focuses on improving oral muscle function. If additional support is needed beyond therapy, a procedure to release tethered oral tissues may be indicated.
Left untreated, a tongue tie can lead to oral health challenges in adulthood, including difficulties with speech and sleep, as well as increased risk of gum disease, tooth decay and TMJ issues.

Symptoms of restricted oral tissues in a baby may include:​

Symptoms for mom may include:

untreated TONGUE-TIES

  • Impact on milk supply
  • Impact on sleep
  • Painful feeding
  • Mastitis, clogged ducts
  • Difficulty introducing solid food
  • Inefficient feeding
  • Poor weight gain



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Oral Frena are the fibrous attachments of the lips and tongue to the jaws, and they are structures we all have. Everyone’s oral frena are different based on many factors including genetics, epigenetics, and development. If the oral tissues are restrictive, it can negatively impact feeding early in life. Healthy tongue function is vital to infant feeding, sleeping, and growth, so identifying challenges early on can help get babies off to a good start. By collaborating with a team to help with healthy oral function and body movement, we can help improve infant feeding with a frenectomy when appropriate. This procedure is performed to relieve tension in restrictive oral tissues with a state-of-the-art CO2 laser for increased precision and improved healing. The procedure itself is brief, and infants are encouraged to feed immediately afterwards.
The pressure from the tongue during swallowing forms the shape of the jaws, and the jaw shape and position dictates how the face and airway will develop. So while infant feeding is important for nutrition, it is also crucial for development, which is why we are so passionate about our work with infants.
Performing a frenectomy is only one aspect of treating tethered oral tissues- we also need to teach the tongue how to move in a new way and release tension in the body. While some may notice an immediate change, usually improvement happens slowly over time when combined with the appropriate therapy.

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Infant Frenectomy FAQs

What is a tongue tie?
A tongue tie, or ankyloglossia, is a condition when the frenum under the baby’s tongue is restricted in its ability to move.
Why does it occur?
A combination of genetic and environmental factors contribute to the occurrence of tongue ties.
Should I see an ENT or dentist?

The tongue is a unique structure that falls in the scope of practice of both Ear Nose and Throat doctors as well as dentists. Both are licensed to treat tethered oral tissues, but more important is their post-graduate training. Tethered oral tissue diagnosis and treatment is not taught in medical or dental school, so providers must seek additional training to be knowledgeable in this area.

Those performing the procedure are knowledgeable about the anatomy. How babies feed and use their tongue involves specialties like Speech Pathologists, Lactation Consultants, and Occupational Therapists. Both are important in achieving best results.

What do you use for the procedure?
We utilize state of the art CO2 light scalpel laser technology.
How long is the procedure?
The procedure lasts a few seconds, and your baby will be with our team for a few brief minutes in total.
What is the ideal time to have a release?
This varies by patient, as feeding concerns may not surface until later in infancy. Ideally, we see patients during the newborn phase, less than 3 months old. However, we treat babies up to 1 year.