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Tongue Tie Release For Children & Adults: How We Do It? Written By: Dr. Ankita Shah, Nov 2019

Tongue Tie Release For Children & Adults: How We Do It?

In our practice we use the Functional Frenuloplasty procedure to release tongue ties for toddlers, children and adults. This approach has been adapted from Dr. Soroush Zaghi of The Breathe Institute, Los Angeles who is a globally renowned sleep surgeon who has established this functional approach to tongue ties.

The success of our practice is based on our ability to provide a complete and effective release of tethered oral tissues by incorporating a multidisciplinary protocol that integrates myofunctional therapy (and sometimes physical therapy) both before, during, and after surgery. Our tongue-tie release procedure is based on precision: releasing the appropriate extent of tissues for maximal relief; not too much, and not too little.

The tongue is one of the most critical organs in our bodies with the ability to regulate and shape orofacial structure and musculature. Because the tongue plays such an important role in so many functions, restricted mobility of the tongue may lead to compensatory behaviors that may negatively affect nasal breathing and cause snoring due to low tongue posture, or contribute to chronic stress on the other muscles of the head and neck. The tongue also has connections to the whole body through a system of connective tissue known as fascia, and a restrictive tongue may place tension on the fascia networks causing neck tension, pain, and postural dysfunction. This may surprise you! “The anterior deep fascial line starts from beneath the tongue and goes till the lungs to the pelvic bones down to the arches of your feet.” This means there is a direct connection between the orofacial function-tongue function - diaphragmatic breathing - cervical posture. Our functional frenuloplasty approach honors the changes that occur during a tongue-tie release and prepares the body for acceptance and optimal healing post-treatment.

Our team is highly active in learning and applying the latest clinical research. We hope that videos and resources below will help you learn more about our technique.​

Pre-Op

Pre Op

Immediate Post-Op

Immediate Post-Op

Day 7 Post-Op

Day 7 Post-Op

3 Month Post-Op

3 Month Post Op