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What is “tounge-tie”?

Tounge-tie refers to the condition where the muscle between your tongue and the bottom of your mouth runs all the way up the tongue, making it difficult to use the tongue properly. Tongue-tie is typically present at birth and can be treated early on in life to prevent difficulty eating or speaking, but can be corrected at any age. Knoxville, TN periodontist Dr. Robert Cain offers a procedure called a frenectomy to alleviate the symptoms of tongue-tie.
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Why should I correct my tongue-tie?

If you have a tongue-tie as an adult, chances are you understand why you would want the procedure. Tounge-tie can make it difficult to have free range of motion of the tongue and may create speech impediments or make it difficult to eat or drink. Adults can be treated for tongue-tie in most cases. Dr. Cain can help adult patients determine what treatment options are available to them to correct their tongue-tie.

If your child has tongue-tie, it can be helpful to treat it as soon as possible. The procedure that can correct tongue-tie is a routine procedure that is relatively simple and can help in your child’s development.

Treating tongue tie early in life can prevent:

  • Speech development issues
  • Gum recession
  • Gap teeth
  • Limited use of tongue

How is tongue-tie treated?

Tongue-tie is treated using a procedure called a frenectomy. Dr. Cain uses innovative laser therapy to sever the frenum from the tongue. Laser treatments are less invasive and allow for suture-free treatment. Laser therapy also minimizes swelling and bleeding and reduces the length of downtime after treatment allowing patients to return to their daily routines.

Do you have difficulty speaking, eating or using the full range of motion of your tongue? Contact periodontist Dr. Cain for a comprehensive dental health exam. Dr. Cain provides personalized dental treatment plans tailored to the unique needs and goals of each patient. Click here to request an appointment online or call our Knoxville, TN periodontist office.