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Tongue Tied? Treatment Is Now Easy!

Reyna Can Now Happily Stick Her Tongue Out At Her Brother!

Being tongue-tied is a real term and the implications vary with the strength of the lingual frenum or the fibrous attachment that adheres the tongue to the floor of the mouth, and the adaptations of the patient to this somewhat common abnormality.

Strong fibrous attachemnt near the tip of the tongueAfter treatment with a diode laser

In a normal mouth, the tongue can move freely to lick both lips when the mouth is open and during the pronunciation of several words most notably those beginning with the letters ‘th’. Try this test to see if you are tongue-tied:  open your mouth wide and try to put the tip of your tongue on your palate or on the top of your mouth.  If you have to close your mouth a lot to do this, you may be tongue-tied! Sometimes, it is difficult for babies with this condition to nurse well and their diet is affected.  Sometimes speech is affected negatively.

Reyna and her family didn’t really think there was a problem until the strong fibrous tissue attachment of her tongue to the floor of her mouth was pointed out to her family by our office.  She was tongue-tied!  Reyna could not stick her tongue out at her brother and more importantly, the strong lingual frenum, or tissue attachment from the tip of her tongue to the floor of her mouth, prevented her tongue from extending to the top of her palate when her mouth was open, she could not lick her lower lip if something was stuck there, and her speech was affected. These are common symptoms of being tongue-tied. A lingual frenectomy can correct problems!

How can a person who is tongue-tied be treated?

Reyna can now stick her tongue out normally!

Dr. Gillis used a diode laser to carefully remove a portion of the lingual frenum.  A lingual frenectomy is a relatively simple procedure with a laser.  Immediately after the procedure, Reyna could stick her tongue out of her mouth!  Because a diode laser was used, the surgery did not cause any bleeding and the treatment was as comfortable as possible.  Reyna’s healing was uneventful and she is pleased to now have a normal tongue that can move like all of her friend’s tongues.

If you would like more information about this procedure to treat the condition of being tongue-tied or any other dental question, our office would be happy to help! Dr. Gillis does a number of procedures with our diode lasers and we are very happy with the results that we can now achieve.  Our office is located in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our phone number is (970) 242-3635.  Please visit us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/juliegillisddspc) or call us if you have any questions or concerns.  You can also email our office at jmgdds@qwestoffice.net for further information.

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis DDS, AAACD

Restoring Teeth, Restoring Smiles