Tongue-Tie Release

Tongue-tie creates quite embarrassment among others when we find ourselves in when we are too excited to speak. Actually, tongue-tie is the non-medical term for a relatively common physical condition that confines the use of the tongue, ankyloglossia.

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Before we are born, a strong cord of tissue that ushers development of mouth structures is positioned in the center of the mouth. It is called a frenulum. A lingual frenectomy is the removal of the lingual frenum, or the tissue under the tongue. In some cases, if the tissue is attached too closely to the tip of the tongue, it can interfere with speech and proper tooth development. A lingual frenectomy is a fairly common procedure for children who may be “tongue tied” and is sometimes referred to as clipping the tongue. After the procedure, the tongue can usually be completely extended and becomes fully mobile.

The tongue is one of the most important muscles for speech and swallowing. For this reason having tongue-tie can lead to eating or speech problems, which may be serious in some individuals.

The surgical procedure involves clamping the frenum behind the flesh to be removed, cutting away the leading edge of the frenum and closing the incision with dissolving stitches. After the surgery, the surgeon packs the area under the tongue with cotton gauze to absorb any minor bleeding and instructs the patient to replace the gauze every half hour until the spotting stopped. The surgeon will advice the patient to avoid eating anything until and then to eat only very soft foods that did not require chewing. Additionally, patient is suggested to avoid using straws or doing anything that might create suction because that would tend to draw blood out of the incision. After 24 hours, surgeon would suppose to rinse my mouth out with salt water several times a day.

The patient may have a little oozing of blood from the cut. It is not painful. Patient will be able to drink again about two to three 2-3 hours after the operation. He or she should be able to eat normally the next day. Usually patient can go home on the day of the operation. The patient will be given appointment to b the outpatient department a month after leaving the hospital for a check-up.

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