Tongue tie is typically a condition that a patient is born with. Tongue tie is common and is generally evident nearly immediately after the child’s birth. Easily treated, tongue tie is best addressed during infancy to prevent complications with nursing and speech development.
Tongue tie can be treated in children and adults. We recommend that infants and children see their Pediatrician for the procedure.
Claremont Dental Institute provides comprehensive dental care for patients in Claremont, CA. We provide tongue tie treatments for adults from the comfort of our dentist office and work with a team of highly skilled dental care professionals, state of the art dental technology, and advanced materials to provide high-quality dentistry to Claremont families.
What is a Tongue Tie?
Tongue tie is a condition that occurs when the skin flap that holds the tongue to the base of the mouth is too tight or too short. The skin tethers the tip of the tongue to the floor of the mouth making it difficult for the tongue’s full range of motion.
Tongue tie may impact:
- Speech Development
- Exacerbated Mouth Breathing
Do tongue-ties affect speech?
Tongue ties may cause issues with pronunciation of certain letters, sounds and words. Many children adjust to this and can correct certain sounds so that it is understandable. Some children will go to speech therapy to help them learn to articulate.
D0 I have a Tongue Tie?
Tongue tie is easy to diagnose and can be successfully treated. Symptoms of tongue tie may include difficulty sticking out the tongue past the lower jaw, or the inability to lift the tongue up to the top jaw. Your dentist can diagnose tongue tie. Treating tongue tie can prevent more extreme symptoms in the future.
Are Tongue ties genetic?
Tongue ties can be genetic but they are not always hereditary. If a direct family member had tongue tie as a child you are more prone to have it. Tongue tie affects about 10% of children. Tongue tie typically affects children, but adults may live with tongue tie as well.
How do I fix my Tongue Tie?
Claremont Dental Institute provides tongue tie treatment with the Solea Laser in adult patients. Laser dentistry eliminates the need for surgery and treating tongue tie with the Solea Laser is quick, effective, and nearly painless.
The Solea Laser promotes natural healing and reduces swelling and discomfort. Patients enjoy shorter downtime after treatment and patients who receive treatment with the laser often do not need a local anesthetic. Your dentist is able to perform the tongue tie treatment in just one visit to our Claremont, CA dentist office.
At what age should a tongue-tie be cut?
Tongue tie can be treated by cutting the tissue under the tongue. If tongue tie does not correct itself by the age of 2 or 3 many children will choose to undergo a tongue tie treatment known as a frenectomy.
What happens if you don’t correct a tongue-tie?
Tongue ties can cause speech issues, increased risk of tooth decay, and gum problems. It is easy to correct, and can help preserve your oral health and improve your speaking.
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