Laser Treatments and Surgeries

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.  More detailed information can be found below.

In our office, we use the latest research and technology to address lip or tongue ties on infants, children, and adults. We can often treat oral restrictions non-surgically using specific laser-assisted techniques that can reduce pain and fascial restrictions, and can even help with autonomic nervous system regulation.  If indicated, we can perform surgical release of the tie (frenectomy, frenotomy, or frenuloplasty) using either the LightScalpel, a state-of-the-art CO2 laser, or scissors and sutures (functional frenuloplasty) as appropriate.  We work with other professionals who are experienced in this area, and refer as needed for services including craniosacral therapy, speech therapy, orofacial myology/myofunctional therapy, chiropractic care, physical therapy, or lactation consults.

Therapeutic Laser Treatments

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 and help to release fascial restrictions.

The Use of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) For Musculoskeletal Pain

Tongue and Lip Ties in Infants, Children, and Adults

Tongue or Lip Tie Functional Release