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Is a Dental Tongue Tie Treatment Necessary?

Posted by Wellbeing Dentistry 2023-04-12

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Dental tongue tie treatment offers many benefits, and it is necessary when tongue tie does not resolve itself naturally. It is helpful to understand how a biological dentist can treat tongue tie in the least invasive manner possible to decide if you should visit a dentist to see if treatment is right for you. 

When to consider dental tongue tie treatment

Even though it is never a pleasant experience to hear that your child may need dental tongue tie treatment, you can help yourself and your child properly prepare by learning more about what to expect. The following is an overview of dental tongue tie treatment and when it is likely to be recommended by a dentist. 

What is a dental tongue tie?

A dental tongue tie is a condition that limits the child’s ability to use their tongue. It involves excess connective tissue that essentially ties the tip of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. The condition occurs at birth, and many cases improve on their own after the tissue loosens. If the issue lingers, however, it can cause complications with eating, speaking and oral health. A biological dentist can assess the severity of a tongue tie and determine if treatment is necessary.

How is dental tongue tie treated?

The primary method of dental tongue tie treatment is a minor surgical procedure known as a frenectomy. Many dentists may utilize various tools and instruments to remove the tissue causing the tongue tie. Some minimally invasive dentists may utilize laser therapy to address the concern. With that said, not every child with tongue tie requires treatment. Some dentists may also wait and see if the symptoms affect the child’s ability to function or their oral health. 

When is tongue tie treatment necessary?

Tongue tie treatment is necessary if the tissue that causes the tongue tie does not loosen on its own. The issue with tongue tie is that it does not allow the person to freely move their tongue. This can lead to the following problems:

  • Trouble breastfeeding
  • Difficulty eating
  • Speach complications
  • Increase the risk of cavities
  • Uncomfortable feeling or discomfort

If one or more of these issues develop, or tongue tie does not go away after an extended period of time, treatment is likely necessary. Some parents may also opt for voluntary dental tongue tie treatment as well. 

Who should I visit for tongue tie treatment?

A biological dentist can help you through the dental tongue tie treatment process. They differ from traditional dentists in that they take a more holistic view of treatment. Treatment from a biological dentist is often less invasive than treatment from a dentist who takes a more traditional approach. 

Talk to a biological dentist about tongue tie treatment

Our team offers dental tongue tie treatment, and we encourage you to reach out if your child has tongue tie that has not improved on its own. We believe in taking a more holistic approach to treatment, and we almost always choose the least invasive treatment option possible.

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