Frenectomies and Functional Frenuloplasties

In our office, we use the latest research and technology to address lip, tongue, or buccal ties and oral restrictions on infants, children, and adults. We can often treat these conditions non-surgically using OraLase, which is a 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.

Our providers have received training through The Breathe Institute, the American Laser Study Club, the International Association of Orofacial Myology, and other courses.

More information on laser release of tongue and lip ties can be found here.

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 or other oral restrictions 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.

Tongue and Lip Tie Handout

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