Ankyloglossia (tongue tie) & Lip tie

Ankyloglossia (tongue tie) & Lip tie

Some infants demonstrate difficulty latching or sustaining suction during breastfeeding; this can be quite frustrating for mothers. In cases of tongue or lip tie, where the infant’s tongue or lip are overly-tethered to the floor of the mouth or gums by a tight band of tissue called a frenum, it can be impossible for the child to move these structures sufficiently to eat. Although such feeding issues are certainly not always attributable to tongue and/or upper lip tie, your surgeon will help identify situations where a quick and safe outpatient procedure to release the tongue/lip tie (frenectomy) can help your baby with improved feeding. 

Older children and adults can also benefit from tongue or lip tie release in cases of poor tongue projection over teeth, speech difficulties and abnormal spacing between the top, front teeth.