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Tongue Tie Treatment Process – Bullard, TX

Gain Freedom from Tongue Tie and Its Symptoms

happy woman sticking tongue out

Some individuals are under the impression that treating tongue tie is as simple as performing a frenectomy. However, because tongue tie hinders proper function of the mouth and tongue, addressing this condition becomes, not just a one-step treatment, but a multi-stage process wherein the tongue must be trained to work as it should. Let’s discuss how Dr. Morgan can guide you through the steps necessary to gain true freedom from tongue tie in East Texas.

Pre-Surgery Myofunctional Therapy

woman performing tongue exercise

A frenectomy, a minimally invasive procedure that allows the tongue to regain its full range of movement, is a pivotal part of addressing tongue tie. However, many children and adults require myofunctional therapy before their frenectomy. During myofunctional therapy, Lindi, our in-house myofunctional therapy expert, will guide you through a series of exercises. The goal of the exercises is to strengthen the tongue and prepare it to function at its best after you undergo a frenectomy.

Starting myofunctional therapy prior to the frenectomy will prevent you or your child from slipping back into the bad habits that the tongue tie caused. For example, it encourages nose breathing rather than mouth breathing. Hence, you may experience some relief from tongue tie symptoms even before your surgery.

The Frenectomy

baby sticking tongue out

Tongue tie and its associated problems are caused by a lingual frenulum (the piece of tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth) that is too short or thick. Dr. Morgan uses a soft tissue laser to perform a frenectomy, wherein he removes enough tissue to allow the tongue to gain its proper range of motion. The laser minimizes bleeding and even eliminates the need for sutures. In many cases, anesthesia is not even necessary.

Babies who undergo a laser frenectomy are encouraged to breastfeed immediately afterward. Older children and adults will also experience improvements soon after the surgery. You may notice that it is easier for you to breathe, eat, and speak. However, you will still need some myofunctional therapy to experience the full benefits of your frenectomy.

Post-Surgery Myofunctional Therapy

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If you had a surgery on your knee or elbow, you would expect to undergo some physical therapy afterward, right? Think of a frenectomy in the same light; post-surgical myofunctional therapy is basically physical therapy for your mouth. The exercises you perform with Lindi’s guidance will help you:

  • Keep your tongue and lips in a proper resting position. This can prevent dental problems and improve facial aesthetics.
  • Chew and swallow effectively and efficiently. You should be able to enjoy a broader range of foods once you master proper use of your tongue.
  • Continue to strengthen the tongue. You will thus be better equipped to pronounce words correctly and clearly.

In addition to myofunctional therapy, you might benefit from other treatments. For example, if your tongue tie caused tongue thrust, and the tongue thrust led to orthodontic problems, you may need treatment to address those issues. You may also benefit from speech therapy.

Properly treating tongue tie is quite the journey for some individuals, but it is worth it! If you would like to learn how Dr. Morgan and his team can free you or your child from this condition, contact our practice today.