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Tongue Tie Treatment Process – Bullard, TX

Gain Freedom from Tongue Tie and Its Symptoms

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.

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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, Our 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

Although we do have the laser, Dr Morgan uses the scissors and sutures technique much more, and that is what patients are asking for when they call. We have had several out of state patients call looking for someone that does "scissors and sutures".

To give you some background info- Dr. Morgan is one of the three affiliates of the breathe institute plus Dr. Zaghi, so there are 4 total providers now (there used to be 3 when you originally did the website). He did Dr. Zaghi's mini residency program and there are only a few places you can have this special surgery done- Texas, Milwaukee, Chicago, and LA. Dr. Morgan has even started working 1 day a month in Dallas to serve a larger group of people.

Here is the website where you can glen some info about the procedure Dr Morgan does- it is the same as Dr. Zaghi. Dr Zaghi came to our office and watched Dr. Morgan do 10 surgeries after Dr M had been to his course and office for training in LA several times. It is amazing! Please scroll down to the message from Dr. Zaghi on this web page to see why he does scissors and sutures rather than laser.

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.