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Doctor insights on: Ankyloglossia Tongue Tied

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What surgeries treat ankyloglossia (tongue tied)?

What surgeries treat ankyloglossia (tongue tied)?

Frenulotomy: The common procedure for tongue tie is called a frenulotomy, which cuts back the fibrous attachment leaving some behind. A frenulectomy would be a more extensive procedure. If done in the newborn period this is rather simple, if older, it often requires more involved assistance/anesthesia. ...Read more

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What surgeries treat ankyloglossia (tongue tied)?

What surgeries treat ankyloglossia (tongue tied)?

Frenulotomy: The common procedure for tongue tie is called a frenulotomy, which cuts back the fibrous attachment leaving some behind. A frenulectomy would be a more extensive procedure. If done in the newborn period this is rather simple, if older, it often requires more involved assistance/anesthesia. ...Read more

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How would doctors fix my ankyloglossia (tongue tied)?

How would doctors fix my ankyloglossia (tongue tied)?

Simple procedure: The repair can be as simple as just snipping it under local or performing a frenoplasty where it is sectioned and tissue rearranged to lengthen the area. You should speak with an ENT doctor if you would like something done. ...Read more

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What is the surgical procedure involved in tongue-tie ankyloglossia?

What is the surgical procedure involved in tongue-tie ankyloglossia?

Easy overall: Generally, in young babies this is done with a snip in clinic under local anesthetic.

In older babies and young children it is done in the operating room with anesthetic gas and a snip, possibly with melting sutures.

In teens and adults, it can often be done in clinic with some numbing medicine and a snip. I'd put a few melting stitches as well. You can return to work right after. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a mild tongue tie (ankyloglossia), I want it removed, but I'm scared, help me decide?

What to do if I have a mild tongue tie (ankyloglossia), I want it removed, but I'm scared, help me decide?

Need an evaluation: There can be a number of indications for performing a frenectomy or frenulopasty to allow for more movement of the tongue. If you are having speech problems or irritation to the tongue due to the limited movement, you may consider having the surgery. The best advice would be to see your dentist or a dental specialist (periodontist or oral surgeon) for evaluation and treatment if indicated. ...Read more

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Do people get tongue-tied surgeries anymore?

Do people get tongue-tied surgeries anymore?

Babies: Some babies have difficulty latching on for breast feeding. The surgery may help. There is no benefit for speech health, despite some popular beliefs. Some dental believes that the surgery may protect vs. Pushing the teeth outwards. In any case, very few children need this surgery, but some. ...Read more

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Might getting surgery for my tongue tied problem effect my speech?

Might getting surgery for my tongue tied problem effect my speech?

Usually Yes: It tends to make your speech more clear for you to speak and for other people to understand what you say. This is because your tongue can now touch the proper areas of the teeth and mouth to actually make the correct sounds possible. ...Read more

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Some mornings I feel 'foggy brained', tongue tied and very nervous about what is happening to me. It lasts until lunch time.

Some mornings I feel 'foggy brained', tongue tied and very nervous about what is happening to me. It lasts until lunch time.

Many things: Check in with your GP. Sleep disruption from apnea, periodic limb movement, joint pain, menopause symptoms, alcohol, or too much food before bed mean not enough hours of quality sleep & miserable mornings. Also, think thyroid dysfunction, vitamin deficiency, depression, anxiety. Is there anything different about the last 4 hours before bed on mornings that you awake like this? Best wishes to you ...Read more

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At what age is a frenectomy performed for a “tongue tied” baby? If a baby is born “tongue tied, ” how early is a frenectomy performed to correct the problem?

At what age is a frenectomy performed for a “tongue tied” baby? If a baby is born “tongue tied, ” how early is a frenectomy performed to correct the problem?

Can be done at birth: If there are feeding issues it can be done at birth. Pediatric ents are often comfortable doing this if pediatricians aren't. I do them all the time for this reason in clinic.

If there aren't symptoms, it's your choice to do it or wait and see if other issues develop such as speech problems, issues with brushing teeth or licking an ice cream cone.

See http://lowmilksupply. Org/tonguetie. Shtml. ...Read more

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How can I feed my tongue-tied baby?

How can I feed my tongue-tied baby?

Clip the tongue tie: Some babies are born with an extra piece of tissue anchoring the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Occasionally this restricts tongue movement enough to interfer with nursing. Your pediatrician (or sometimes an ear, nose, throat specialist) can simply cut the excess tissue and fix the problem in a few seconds. Until then feed your baby expressed breastmilk with a syringe or bottle. ...Read more

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Help please! Is getting your tongue clipped/tongue tied real?

Help please! Is getting your tongue clipped/tongue tied real?

The procedure: Is a lingual frenectomy and it is real. Your dentist of orthodontist can diagnose if it is an issue and whether a release procedure is indicated. The condition is known as ankyloglossia. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What causes me to be tongue tied and pain in lingual frenulum?

What causes me to be tongue tied and pain in lingual frenulum?

Genetic: A tongue tie is a genetic condition. It may or may not be at all symptomatic. However if you have a rogue tie and it stretches or slightly tears it can be very uncomfortable. A small tear or injury can lead to an ulcer and significant pain. If it is a significant problem for you then I can be easily corrected by an ENT doctor or an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if you're tongue tied, does it restrict you from french kissing?

Can you tell me if you're tongue tied, does it restrict you from french kissing?

YES: You cannot extend your tongue as far if tongue tied.
If it is really important, a minor procedure can release the tongue. Enjoy! ...Read more

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If a baby has a minor heart shaped tongue from being tongue tied at birth, but it was clipped, will the tongue alway look heart shaped or fade?

Resolves: Generally clipping this tongue tie, as long as the tethering part is completely addressed, will allow the tongue to take on the normal appearance and lose the heart shape. Honestly, however, it isn't the appearance of the tongue it's the function that impacts decision to clip. Poor feeding/latch/weight gain, feeds that take too long, maternal nipple pain etc are all great reasons to address it. ...Read more

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My 1 year old son was born tongue tied the doctor we went to see said leave it to cut itself but now I've noticed he has a white patch under his tongue?

My 1 year old son was born tongue tied the doctor we went to see said leave it to cut itself but now I've noticed he has a white patch under his tongue?

Likely normal: The frenum causing the tie can sometimes stretch as the kid ages and if it stretches or tears the attachment point may take on a whitish appearance during its scarring phase. A tongue tip that can reach over the bottom teeth is long enough to make needed speech sounds, so not all need clipping. Your pediatrician, ENT or dentist can advise you on your specific case. ...Read more

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The frenulum of my tongue always hurts. I'm 17 I can't reach my tongue over my bottom lip. Been liked this for a long time. Do I have my tongue tied?

The frenulum of my tongue always hurts. I'm 17 I can't reach my tongue over my bottom lip. Been liked this for a long time. Do I have my tongue tied?

Sounds like you do: If you are unable to protrude your tongue past your lower lip, it certainly seems as though your are tongue tied. You should consult with an ENT to consider a frenectomy ...Read more

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My son is 3 weeks old and he has ankyloglossia. What is this?

My son is 3 weeks old and he has ankyloglossia. What is this?

Tongue tie: This is where a fibrous band under the tongue is attached in a way that limits its mobility. For many, it will stretch out over time, for some it can interfere with feeding. A simple procedure called a frenulotomy can often be preformed if indicated to increase the tongue mobility. ...Read more

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Generally how much would it cost for a procedure on ankyloglossia on a newborn in the otolaryngology office?

Generally how much would it cost for a procedure on ankyloglossia on a newborn in the otolaryngology office?

Depends: Most insurers will cover this to $200-$400 depending on the region of the country and who/when it is done. I noticed an increased need over the past decade for some reason. Some insurers considered this as not covered well care and stick parents with a big co-pay or self pay. It is best to find out from your insurer and or the doc involved. ...Read more

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