Correcting Tongue-TiesOur doctors are highly trained in the treatment of TOTs (tethered oral tissues), commonly known as “tongue-ties” and “lip ties.” Between 4% and 15% of children have this condition. It means their tongues have an excessively short, tight membrane of tissue (frenum) connecting the tongue to the floor of their mouth. These can vary greatly in severity but may lead to impingement of mobility and function of the tongue. This can cause anything from moderate inconveniences (like not being able to lick an ice cream cone), to severe impairments (such as the inability to properly breastfeed as a child and the development of speech impediments).
A frenectomy is a surgical procedure to remove these restrictions. It is completed with a diode laser with little or no anesthesia, no pain, and generally no bleeding. The process is completed in only a few moments. Patients at any age, from infancy through adulthood, can be treated.
Samantha Siranli, DMD, PhD, FACP
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