Tongue tie refers to a condition where the frenulum, or the skin that connects your tongue to the base of your mouth, is too tight. A tight frenum restricts a patient’s ability to use their tongue properly. Tongue ties and lip ties can impact speech development and make it difficult to eat and swallow, especially in babies and toddlers.
Reasons To Correct A Tongue Tie
There are several reasons a patient may want to correct a tongue tie. Tongue ties can limit the mobility of the tongue, interfering with normal activity. Patients are born with this condition and it can impact their early speech development.
- Improve speech development
- Prevent gum recession
- Prevent gap teeth
- Better fit for dental restorations
- Better movement in tongue
Treatment for Tongue Tie Knoxville, TN
Knoxville, TN periodontist Dr. Robert Cain provides comprehensive treatment for tongue-tie. A frenectomy is a surgical procedure that removes or releases the frenum. A standard and relatively quick procedure, Dr. Cain can detach the frenum releasing the mobility of the tongue.
The frenectomy procedure is done using a state of the art dental laser. Laser dentistry minimizes bleeding and swelling and eliminates the need for painful sutures. Laser frenectomy allows patients to return to their daily lives almost immediately with minimal discomfort or side effects.