TONGUE TIE SURGERY (FRENECTOMY)


TONGUE TIE SURGERY IS A PAINLESS, BLOODLESS, LASER PROCEDURE THAT REQUIRES NO STITCHES

Sometimes patients are born with what is called a ‘frenulum’, which can inhibit the movement of the lips or tongue! To help those who suffer with this condition, at MY SMILE DOCTORS we are able to utilise advanced laser technology to perform a frenectomy. A frenectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of a frenulum (a small fold of tissue that prevents movement) that commonly occurs under the tongue or in the upper lip. This is a very common dental procedure and can be expertly performed by our Dental Professionals for children and adult patients to help free the tongue from this issue. The procedure is painless and involves no stitches or bleeding



BENEFITS OF A FRENECTOMY

If the individual suffers from a mild case of frenectomy, there may not be any benefits. Other cases include those that can adapt to the condition and function without the need for surgery.

  • A restricted frenum can create speech difficulties, especially for sounds that require tongue elevation.
  • Another problem that can result is saliva management during eating and speech.
  • Individuals may find that their tongue scraps against the lower central incisors, as well as pinched between the teeth.
  • Forward or lateral movement may be increased to make up for the lack of tongue space.
  • Those that suffer speech difficulties may also experience an increased in dental problems because the tongue cannot properly sweep the teeth to remove food particles. Other difficulties that can result is difficulty licking the lips.
  • The confidence of a child is also a concern as the child can feel out of place due to the difficulties associated with their tongue movement, speech and eating restrictions.

CONSEQUENCES OF UNTREATED TONGUE TIE

For infants, the consequences include:

  • Impact on milk supply for breast feeding mothers, which leads many mothers to stop breastfeeding.
  • The baby failing to receive the proper nutrients to thrive.
  • A wedge in the bonding between the mother and baby.
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Difficulties with getting the infant to accept solids in their diet

For a breast feeding mother, pain may be experienced while breastfeeding, depression, sleep deprivation, pain with latch, mastitis, distortion or bleed of the nipples, blanching or damage.

For Children

  • Difficulties chewing age-appropriate solid foods
  • Vomiting, choking and gagging on foods
  • Persisting food fads
  • Persistence of dribbling
  • Problems with dental health
  • Deterioration in speech
  • Not developing speech during the appropriate stages of life
  • Problems with behavior
  • Lack of self-confidence

For Adults

  • Having to concentrate on their speech
  • Cannot open the mouth widely, affecting eating and speech habits.
  • Difficulty in talking, including not being able to properly pronounce words
  • Clicky and pain in jaws
  • Suffer from migraines
  • Protrusion of the lower jaws
  • Dental problems, including decay and inflamed gums
  • Loss of self-esteem


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