A tongue tie, also known as ankyloglossia, is a condition where the string of tissue under the tongue, called the frenum, is too tight, thick or short, making it more difficult to move the tongue. With a lip tie, a similar issue occurs with the string of tissue behind the upper lip, making it more difficult to move the upper lip.
What problems can occur with tongue and lip ties?
Tongue- and lip-tie symptoms can vary based on the degree of the severity. According to the Cleveland Clinic, a tongue- or lip-tie may cause the following issues for babies, young children and moms.
- Poor latch during nursing.
- Poor weight gain.
- Frequent hunger.
- A clicking sound while feeding.
- Speech impairments.
- Swallowing difficulties.
- Problems sticking tongue out.
- Difficulty playing wind instruments.
- Pain while nursing.
- Sore cracked nipples.
- Insufficient milk supply.
Can a tongue and lip tie be repaired?
Yes! Releasing a tongue or lip tie is a relatively simple procedure that we can do right here in our practice with minimal discomfort or risk of complications. If you would like to schedule a consultation to learn more about the procedure, please contact us today.