A Simple Procedure To Help With Speech And Dental Health

Have You Or Someone You Love Been Tongue-Tied?

You’ve probably heard of the term “tongue-tied.” Did you know that this common phrase comes from an actual medical condition that can inhibit speech? The tongue is attached (or tied) to the base of the mouth by a thin tissue web called the lingual frenum. For some people, the frenum is unusually thick or tight, which restricts tongue movement. It can negatively affect nursing in infants and create the following complications later on:
  • Feeding difficulties and dental development (especially in children)
  • Speech difficulties, especially for sounds that require tongue elevation such as: “s, z, t, d, l, r”
  • Saliva management during speech and or eating
  • Frenum scraping against the lower central incisors, and at times becoming pinched
  • An increase in lateral or forward mandibular movement to compensate for lack of tongue movement.
  • The inability to sweep the lips (which is common while eating an ice cream cone or in licking your lips)

How Holmes Orthodontics can help: A Frenectomy Remedies Tongue-Tie

When someone is tongue-tied, Dr. Holmes may recommend to cut back the frenum. This is called a lingual frenectomy. It’s a common and simple procedure that can be done right here in our practice. Whether you’re an adult who wants to un-tie your tongue or a lingual frenectomy has been recommended for your child, Dr. Holmes would like to give you an idea of what to expect from this procedure. It may sound intimidating, but it’s actually very simple. The frenum doesn’t have nerves or muscle. It’s simply a connective tissue like an earlobe. The procedure usually takes under 10 minutes, and most patients feel fully recovered within the hour. Dr. Holmes would like you to know a lingual frenectomy is nothing to be nervous about. If you think a lingual frenectomy may help you or a family member, let us know! Give us a call at Charleston Office – (304) 343-3672 Hurricane Office – (304) 201-3672 Huntington Office – (304) 781-8600 or email us with any questions regarding a lingual frenectomy.