What Parents Need to Know About Lip Ties and Tongue Ties? Written By: Dr. Ankita Shah, October 2021
1)Can a tongue tie cause speech problems?
While not all tongue ties cause speech problems, about 70% of tongue ties do cause speech problems. If a tongue tie is left untreated, it can cause speech problems as the baby grows older. It can also affect swallowing, posture, jaw growth and airway development. However, it is difficult to say which type of tongue tie may cause a speech problem.
2)Why do tongue and lip ties need to be released?
Restricted mouth/tongue movement (due to taut lingual frenulum or labial frenulum) can affect breastfeeding, nasal breathing, eating habits, speech, posture, digestion, development of the jaws and sleeping patterns. To avoid this, tongue and lip ties need to be released. Check out this blog to learn more.
3)When do you need tongue tie revision?
If your child faces any of the above symptoms, it is advisable to schedule an appointment with a paediatric dentist. Depending on the severity and examination by the tongue tie specialist, appropriate treatment for tongue and lip ties will be recommended.
4)Does the treatment for tongue tie and lip tie hurt?
No. The laser frenectomy treatment for tongue tie and lip tie is safe, quick, simple and painless. Prior to the treatment, a topical anaesthetic gel is applied to the frenulum to ensure it causes no pain. Also, the anaesthetic lasts for approx. 30 minutes.
5)How long does the tongue tie/lip tie surgery take?
A pen-sized laser is used to remove tongue/lip tie, and the entire procedure takes only a few minutes.