Treat tongue ties early on in life to allow for a smooth development process.
Ankyloglossia, known more commonly as tongue tie, is a congenital condition that can limit or decrease the mobility of the tongue or lip. This is caused by the frenulum which is the middle underneath section of the tongue that connects to the bottom of the mouth. If that is too tight, it causes tongue tie.
Common symptoms for tongue ties
This condition can be treated or left untreated. However, if left untreated, it may cause the following implications in infants, children, and even adults.
Tongue tie symptoms for infants
- Inability to latch or breast-feeding difficulties
- Fatigue during feeding
- Poor weight gain
- Digestive issues
- Maternal nipple pain, infection, or damage
Tongue tie symptoms for children
- Speech impediments
- Clenching or grinding teeth
- Any difficulty eating
- Crowded or crooked teeth
- Loud breathing or snoring
- Neck, back, or head pain
- Incorrect growth in the face and jaw
- Abnormal swallowing habits
- Postural issues
Discover further symptoms and more specific information for toddlers, children and adults on the pages attached below.
Advantages of tongue tie treatment
Although this condition and treatment mainly address breastfeeding issues for infants, treating tongue tie conditions has many advantages. By solving the breastfeeding issues, the chances of developing crooked teeth are decreased, speech impediments are decreased, and discomfort in mouth mobility is decreased.
Tongue tie laser treatment at Kitchener Street Dental
Tongue tie treatment is a relatively quick and simple process that can be completed in the dental practice in a short appointment. Laser surgery allows a thorough removal of the tongue tie and is a great alternative to scissors as it incises the tissue rather than cuts it. Laser surgery is precise and therefore reduces tissue damage, kills bacteria in the process, and reduces swelling and inflammation during the healing process.
The team at Kitchener Street Dental is well trained and equipped to perform tongue tie laser surgery. Our team has undergone sufficient training and education in order to safely and effectively perform this treatment. At your community Toowoomba dentist, we want to offer you a comprehensive range of treatments to be able to treat you and your family for life. If you are interested in learning more about the tongue tie treatment or, would like to book a consultation, do not hesitate to contact us today!