Scott A. Siegel, MD, DDS, FACS, FICS, FAAP
|Posted on 27 March, 2014 at 10:40|
Almost twelve years ago, I was called to a hospital nursery to evaluate a newborn who was having difficulty latching on while breastfeeding. Upon evaluating the infant, the diagnosis was Ankyloglossia- otherwise known as "tongue tie"- where the tissue under the tongue is too short and limits movement of the tongue.
Typically, this condition goes undetected and untreated in infants through adults. Since then and thanks to Dr. Betty Coryllos, who mentored and trained me as an attending physician, I've been treating tongue & lip tie patients of all ages from Long Island, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and as far as London with a less than five minute, painless tongue tie release surgery: Laser Frenoplasty. This minimally invasive method does not require stitches and is essentially bloodless.
Please review the following fast facts about tongue tie to see what may apply to you or someone you know:
FAST FACTS ABOUT TONGUE TIE:
- Newborns can have significant breast feeding problems due to tongue tie, which can result in failure to thrive.
- Tongue Tied Toddlers may have speech related issues where they have difficulty with articulating "t, d, z, s, th, n, and l"sounds.
- School Aged Children and Adults may have social, orthodontic and gum-related problems.
- Adults can be predisposed to certain types of sleep apnea as a result of undiagnosed tongue tie.
- Tongue Tie often has a genetic component, can run in families and presents in degrees of severity.
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