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Tongue Tie

Tongue Tie: What It is and How to Treat It

Tongue Tie Diagram

A tongue tie works in fascial pull, as our deep front line fascia connects our tongue in one continuous band of fascia down to our toes.

Do you have a limited range of motion in your tongue? Has your speech been affected by this all your life? If so, you could have a condition known as tongue-tie. Tongue-tie is an irregularity present at birth in which a band of connective tissue under the tongue (also known as the lingual frenulum) is unusually tight, thick or short. While this is a fairly common condition that is easily remedied, putting off treatment can exacerbate a variety of other health issues.

At Millennium Dental Associates, our holistic approach takes your entire body and medical history into account during diagnostic and treatment phases. In many cases, patients that come to us have endured illnesses and undesirable symptoms for years, decades or even their whole lives. Such patients are often relieved to find that the solution to their problem lies in assessing and attending to their oral health.

In the case of a tongue-tie, it’s truly incredible how much such a small band of tissue under the tongue can hinder a person’s potential. This condition creates a restriction in the fluid motion of the tongue that begins your swallow process. If this process is not working well, your body will be set up for problems throughout your lifetime. Here are a series of other issues a tongue-tie can cause:

  • Poor oral hygiene habits can stem from difficulty sweeping food debris from teeth.
  • Frustration with oral activities such as playing wind instruments, kissing and being able to participate in other everyday social and solitary tasks.
  • Anyone with a tongue-tie may also experience abnormal development and narrowing of the jaws. This narrowing and the tongue-tie itself can exacerbate or lead to mouth breathing and snoring during sleep, causing sleep apnea and preventing you from experiencing the deepest levels of sleep.
  • Having a tongue-tie can affect any part of the body, impacting your stability, alignment and movement. This is because the tongue is attached to a collection of connective tissues and muscles, running from the tip of the tongue to the tip of each big toe. This system of tissues and muscles is a myofascial line known as the deep front line..

With the right tool and treatment, the tongue-tie can be quickly remedied, preventing a wide array of physiological issues. The state-of-the-art technique of choice used today is laser surgery. While laser surgery may sound intimidating, it’s the least invasive and most precise choice. There’s no need for stitches or a general anesthetic. After the operation is over, the majority of patients experience very little pain or swelling. Most importantly, laser surgery has a very high success rate and is extremely safe.

We offer a comfortable setting where this virtually painless procedure can be completed in a few minutes. The effects and results are immediate.

With a great option like tongue-tie laser surgery, there’s no reason to let a small issue like this continue to perpetuate bigger problems. Call us today to book your appointment!

Millennium Dental Associates
5705 N. Scottsdale Rd.
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Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Phone: 480.948.0560

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