What is a tongue tie or lip tie?
A lip or tongue tie is a condition which is present at birth that restricts tongue or lip movement. It usually is the result of an unusually tight or thick frenum, which is the band of tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth, or the lip to the gums. A tongue or lip tie can cause feeding or swallowing difficulties for infants. It can also affect speech, and inhibit development of the cranial structures, which may contribute to restricted airway development or crowded teeth.
In older children and adults, a tie can affect tongue and lip function, which can play a part in TMJ disorders, neck pain, sleep breathing issues such as apnea, and orthodontic relapse.
In our office, we use the latest research and technology to address lip or tongue ties. If indicated, we can perform surgical release of the tie (frenectomy or frenotomy) using the LightScalpel, a state-of-the-art CO2 laser. We work with other professionals who are experienced in this area, and refer as needed for services including craniosacral therapy, speech therapy, chiropractic care, physical therapy, or lactation consults.
Our lasers can treat other soft tissue concerns such as canker sores or cold sores, and we can perform soft tissue biopsies.
Additionally, our therapeutic cold lasers can help to provide significant pain relief.
More information on tongue and lip ties can be found here.