A tongue tie is a tight band of tissue (frenum or frenulum) connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth.
A lip tie is a similar tissue restriction due to a frenum attachment from the underside of the lips, thus preventing proper lip function, closure and movement.
Tongue and lip ties, along with other tissue restrictions, are known as tethered oral tissues (TOTS). Tethered oral tissues restrict proper movement and can cause problems like breastfeeding in infants, speech in older kids, swallowing, and natural formation of the pediatric airway.
What are some issues that can arise due to TOTs?
Nursing babies may have:
Nursing mothers may have:
School aged children may have:
If you're concerned it's best to make an appointment for your child to be evaluated as soon as possible. The sooner the restrictions are released, the better both baby and mother will feel at feedings.
Dentists perform tongue and lip tie releases called frenectomies using a state of the art CO2 laser to quickly, safely, and effectively release the tongue and lip ties without harming surrounding tissue.
More information on breastfeeding, tongue and lip-ties can be found from La Leche League.
Please contact our office if you'd like to speak with one of our doctors about your child's needs.