What Is a Tongue Tie?
Tongue Tie, medically known as ankyloglossia, is a condition present at birth that restricts the tongue’s range of motion. This restriction occurs due to a short, thick band of tissue (lingual frenulum) connecting the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. This limitation can affect various oral functions, including speaking, eating, and swallowing. Additionally, tongue tie can contribute to complications such as dental issues, speech difficulties, and even challenges with breastfeeding for infants.
What Are Symptoms of Tongue Tie?
Symptoms of tongue tie can manifest differently across age groups. In infants, it may lead to difficulty breastfeeding, poor weight gain, and excessive fussiness. In children and adults, symptoms may include speech impediments, difficulty moving the tongue to certain positions, dental issues such as gaps between teeth or improper alignment, and even issues related to breathing and sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea.
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At the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Reno, our team of experienced professionals specializes in addressing the complex relationship between tongue tie in adults and children, as well as its impact on temporomandibular joint (TMJ) function and overall oral health. Through personalized treatment plans, which may include myofunctional therapy, tongue tie release procedures (frenectomy), and collaborative care with other specialists as needed, we aim to alleviate symptoms, improve oral function, and enhance overall well-being.
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