Tongue-tie treatment

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Tongue-tie is a congenital disorder characterized by wrong attachment, shortening, or change in thickness of the frenulum. The disease limits tongue movements causing eating, swallowing and speech changes. Therefore, surgical correction (frenotomy) is the best treatment option.

A mucous cord connecting the lower tongue surface with the gums of the lower jaw is called a sublingual frenulum. Sublingual means "under the tongue". A tongue-tie disease (so-called ankyloglossia) is a congenital mouth abnormality when the frenulum is shortened, decreasing the volume of tongue movements.

According to data, such a condition occurs in 4-10% of newborns. In addition, boys are more prone to suffer from tongue-tie.

In most cases, a tongue tie is inherited from one of the parents. However, in addition to the genetic factor, a tongue-tie can happen due to the influence of various negative factors during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Tongue deformation can occur in several ways when the frenulum:

  • attached to the tongue tip;
  • smaller than standard size (sometimes less than 1 cm);
  • much broader, significantly limiting tongue mobility.

Parents can notice typical symptoms in the child:

  • Pain and discomfort during breastfeeding;
  • Poor weight gain;
  • Problems with raising or sticking out the tongue;
  • Heart-shaped tongue;
  • Development disorders of the lower jaw and bite;
  • Gums are swollen and bleed easily.

At the age of 5-6 years old, when kids should actively talk, parents notice speech problems. Later, the patient can get disturbed tooth growth and malocclusion (bad bite).

With age, vessels grow in the frenulum, which complicates treatment options. Therefore, doctors recommend correcting the defect as soon as possible. The most common treatment is frenotomy (surgery to cut the frenulum mucosal).

For children 3-6 years old, physicians first prescribe myogymnastics, which includes exercises for the tongue muscles, helping stretch the frenulum and increase tongue mobility. If conservative therapy is ineffective, frenulum plastic surgery (frenuloplasty) is required. It is also important to continue myogymnastics in the postoperative period.

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