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Going to a Cleveland Clinic location? Symptoms include difficulty with breastfeeding and speech. Treatment is a simple surgical procedure. This happens when the thin strip of tissue lingual frenulum connecting the tongue and the floor of the mouth is shorter than normal. The short frenulum can restrict tongue mobility.
Ankyloglossia has been associated with difficulties with breastfeeding and problems with speech. Anyone can develop tongue-tie. In some cases, tongue-tie is hereditary runs in the family. The condition occurs up to 10 percent of children depending on the study and definition of tongue-tie.
Tongue-tie mostly affects infants and younger children, but older children and adults may also live with the condition. The tongue and the floor of the mouth fuse together when an embryo is growing in the womb. Over time, the tongue separates from the floor of the mouth.
Eventually, only a thin cord of tissue the frenulum, or lingual frenulum connects the bottom of the tongue to the mouth floor. As an infant grows, the lingual frenulum usually thins and shrinks. In children who are affected by tongue-tie, the frenulum remains thick and does not recede, which makes it difficult to move the tongue. Symptoms of tongue-tie range from mild to severe. The tongue may appear to be heart-shaped or may have a notch in it. In some cases, tongue-tie is mild enough that symptoms do not interfere with daily life.
Examining the undersurface of the tongue will reveal that the tongue is connected to the floor of the mouth, tying the tongue down. In order to create an adequate seal when breastfeeding, an infant must extend his or her tongue over the jaw line. In children who have tongue-tie this is not possible, and they often attempt to use their gums to keep the nipple in the mouth during breastfeeding. This can be painful.
The true impact of tongue-tie on speech is not clearly understood. In some cases, tongue-tie is not severe enough to cause noticeable symptoms. Infants and young children who have tongue-tie but do not have problems with feeding, swallowing or speaking may not need treatment.
If your child has tongue-tie and has trouble feeding, the doctor can perform a simple surgical procedure in which the lingual frenulum is cut. This is called a frenectomy also known as frenulectomy, frenotomy, or tongue-tie division , and is often performed in the clinic without sedation. The procedure is usually painless for infants.
Young children and adults may receive pain medications or general anesthesia before the procedure. If it is not treated, moderate to severe cases of tongue-tie can cause the following problems for :. There is no way to prevent tongue-tie. Most infants and children with tongue-tie recover completely without treatment or with minor surgery. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services.
Who is affected by tongue-tie? Symptoms and Causes What causes tongue-tie? What are the symptoms of tongue-tie? Diagnosis and Tests How is tongue-tie diagnosed? Management and Treatment How does tongue-tie affect breastfeeding? How does tongue-tie affect speech? How is tongue-tie treated?
As with any surgical procedure, frenectomy carries risks of complications, including: Bleeding Infection Scarring Injury to the saliva ducts in the mouth What complications are associated with tongue-tie? If it is not treated, moderate to severe cases of tongue-tie can cause the following problems for : Long-term feeding problems, which can cause poor weight gain or malnourishment Speech impediments, which can cause problems in school Difficulty eating certain foods.
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