What is tongue tied treatment?
Tongue tied (Ankyloglossia) is a condition which results in restricted mobility and range of motion of the tongue. With tongue-tie, the cord of tissue (lingual frenulum) that connects the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth is unusually short.
A normal cord allows the tongue to move freely within the mouth while eating, swallowing, sucking and talking. A short cord can result in impaired speech and trouble with feeding (breast and bottle alike).
This condition can be genetic and passed down through generations, if you or a member of your family had tongue tied as an infant, it is worth examining your newborn as well since it is not always fully apparent.
There are different types of tongue-tied including;
Posterior tongue tied – The tongue tie is hidden under the mucus lining of the mouth. This type of tongue tie is not visible. You can feel it if you run a finger underneath the tongue from side to side. You will notice that the tongue is anchored to the floor of the mouth, which prevents the tip from moving freely.
Maxillary tongue tied– The maxillary frenulum is the tissue attaching the middle upper lip to the infant’s gums. It can interfere with normal mobility and reduce the function of the upper lip.
Lingual tongue tied– The underside, tip of the tongue is connected to the floor of the mouth being connected by the lingual frenulum membrane. It causes decreased mobility of the tongue tip.
- Impaired tongue mobility
- Tongue cannot reach the roof of the mouth
- Difficulty moving the tongue from side to side
- Difficulty licking lips
- Trouble sticking out tongue past the lower front teeth
- Low weight
- Swallowing problems
Where can you treat kids for tongue tied?
Newborn babies with tongue tied and feeding problems should consult a pediatric dentist or an oral maxillofacial surgeon experienced with undertaking the procedure.
Dr. Phu-My Gep at Woodbridge Kids Dentistry is experienced and certified to treat to treat this condition and we encourage you to come in for a check up as early as possible or as suggested by your doctor or pediatrician. Dr. Gep is trained in using medical lasers to assist in quicker healing times and less post-operative pain. The laser can instantly correct tongue tied and your baby will be able to breastfeed immediately following the procedure.
Compared to other treatments, the soft tissue laser procedure is considered the safest and least invasive surgery with a fast healing time and virtually no pain. The operation is performed at our dental clinic, taking less than 5 minutes and heals in a few hours.
Woodbridge Kids Dentistry is one of the few Pediatric Dental Clinics in the Greater Toronto Area that offers soft tissue laser treatment.
What are the side effects from tongue tied operation?
The soft tissue laser operation is relatively simple and you will be able to take your child home right after the procedure is completed. A follow up appointment will be scheduled for you.
Your baby may have a little bit of blood from the cut but there should not be any pain other than minor discomfort after the first day. Your baby will be able to be bottle or breastfed shortly after the operation and will be able to eat solid foods the next day.
Are tongue tied procedures covered by OHIP?
OHIP does not cover the cost of tongue tied surgery in Ontario, however this may be an eligible expense through your dental insurance. If you are concerned about your child being tongue tied, please call us at 905-264-1543 or fill out our form to schedule an appointment.