How is tongue-tie treated?

How is tongue-tie treated?

Tongue-tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a condition in which the tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth (lingual frenulum) is too short or tight, causing difficulty with certain tongue movements. 

Treatment for tongue-tie may include one or more of the following approaches:

  1. Observation: In some cases, tongue-tie may not cause any significant problems and may resolve on its own as the child grows. In these cases, a healthcare professional may recommend observation and reevaluation at a later date to see if treatment is needed.

  2. Frenotomy: This is a simple surgical procedure that involves snipping the lingual frenulum to release the tongue and improve mobility. Frenotomy can be performed on infants and children of any age and is typically done in a doctor's office or clinic setting.

  3. Speech therapy: A speech-language pathologist can work with a child with tongue-tie to improve speech clarity and oral motor skills. This may include exercises to improve tongue movement and control and strategies to address any related speech delays or issues.

  4. Myofunctional therapy: This type of therapy focuses on improving muscle function in the face, mouth, and tongue. A myofunctional therapist can work with a child with tongue-tie to improve oral motor skills and address any related feeding or speech issues.

  5. Lactation support: If a child with tongue-tie is experiencing difficulty breastfeeding, a lactation consultant can provide guidance on positioning and latch techniques and other strategies to improve milk transfer and address feeding difficulties.

It is important to speak with a healthcare professional, such as a dentist or speech-language pathologist, for a proper evaluation and treatment recommendations. 

They can help determine the best course of action for you or your child based on the specific symptoms and needs.

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