Our family dentists offer a release procedure (frenectomy) for infants with tongue, lip and cheek ties, to help improve their oral development.
Ankyloglossia, also known as a tongue tie, is a condition present at birth where the membrane connecting the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth is unusually short, thick or rigid, and as a result limits the range of motion of the tongue. Some tongue ties are easily diagnosed, whereas others may be more difficult to visualize and require a more skilled practitioner to detect. These may be referred to as posterior or submucosal tongue ties.
Lip & Cheek Ties
In a small percentage of babies, other frena in the mouth may also be restrictive and too tight. These may include upper and lower lip ties, as well as buccal (or cheek) ties. In infants, these oral restrictions can contribute to difficulties with breast and/or bottle feeding, then as children get older, they can impact transitioning to solid food, speech, as well as oral growth and development.