What is a tongue-tie treatment?
Tongue tie, also referred to as ankyloglossia, is a condition where the tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth is too tight or short. If your newborn has tongue tie, you may be able to see that your baby’s tongue looks short or perhaps oddly shaped when they open their mouth. This condition restricts the tongue’s mobility and can also lead to breastfeeding problems.
If you have been having trouble with breastfeeding, it is possible that tongue tie could be a cause of the problem. Babies with tongue tie are more likely to have trouble with latching and not getting enough milk. In addition, the mom of a baby with tongue tie often experiences flattened nipples, nipple pain and ultimately nipple damage. If tongue tie is causing breastfeeding problems, the tongue tie specialists at Children’s Healthcare Medical Associates can provide you with recommendations.
How is tongue tie treated?
A simple surgical procedure known as a frenotomy is performed right here in our office and it involves releasing the frenulum so that it doesn’t anchor the tongue so tightly to the mouth. This one second, relatively painless procedure can be done without anesthetic because the thin frenulum has very little nerve endings.
There are a host of non-pediatric specialists who are quick to recommend fancy (done by laser), more extensive (cutting “lip ties”) and more expensive procedures that are often not covered by insurances. We are happy to sit down and discuss your child’s tongue tie so that you understand the pros and cons of treatment, as well as alternative options. While milder forms of tongue tie may reverse themselves with time, more severe cases that affect a baby’s ability to feed and get proper nutrients will require a closer look from a qualified specialist.
If you are looking for a pediatrician in the Hillcrest area specializing in tongue tie treatment, call Children's Healthcare Medical Associates in San Diego, CA at (619)297-5437 to schedule a consultation.