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Tongue tie, or ankyloglossia, is a condition where the strip of skin beneath the tongue (lingual frenulum) is shorter than usual, restricting the tongue’s range of motion. While tongue tie is often associated with infants, it can persist into adulthood, causing various issues related to speech, oral hygiene, and overall oral health. Laser tongue tie removal, or frenectomy, is a modern and minimally invasive procedure that can offer the following significant benefits to adults with this condition.

Improved Speech and Articulation

Tongue ties can impact speech and articulation, leading to difficulties in pronouncing certain sounds and words. In adults, this may contribute to challenges in professional and social communication. Untreated tongue ties in adults can also contribute to the development of compensatory speech patterns, including the use of alternative tongue movements. Over time, these compensations may lead to muscle strain and fatigue. Laser tongue tie removal can improve tongue mobility, allowing for better control and coordination during speech, leading to clearer and more effective communication and more comfortable tongue movement.

Enhanced Oral Hygiene

Adults with tongue tie may face challenges in maintaining optimal oral hygiene. The restricted movement of the tongue can make it difficult to thoroughly clean the teeth, gums, and other oral surfaces. Laser tongue tie removal allows for improved access during oral hygiene practices, reducing the risk of dental issues such as cavities and gum disease.

Reduction in Jaw and Facial Tension

Tongue tie can contribute to tension and strain in the jaw and facial muscles as individuals adapt their movements to compensate for limited tongue mobility. Laser frenectomy can alleviate this tension, promoting a more relaxed and comfortable jaw and facial musculature.

Resolution of Swallowing Difficulties

Tongue ties can impact the swallowing process, leading to difficulties in moving food and liquids efficiently. Laser frenectomy can improve the range of motion of the tongue, facilitating a more coordinated and effective swallowing pattern. This can contribute to enhanced comfort and reduced risk of aspiration.

Reduction in Snoring and Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Tongue tie can contribute to snoring and, in some cases, may be associated with sleep apnea. Laser tongue tie removal can improve tongue function and reduce the likelihood of the tongue falling back and obstructing the airway during sleep. This can result in a reduction in snoring and may contribute to improved sleep quality.

Laser tongue tie removal is a minimally invasive procedure that utilizes laser technology to precisely and gently cut the frenulum. The laser cauterizes as it cuts, minimizing bleeding and promoting quicker healing. This results in reduced discomfort and a faster recovery compared to traditional surgical methods.

Addressing tongue ties in adulthood through laser frenectomy can have a transformative impact on overall quality of life. Improved speech, oral hygiene, and reduced muscle tension contribute to increased comfort and confidence in social and professional interactions. The procedure can address long-standing challenges, leading to a more fulfilling and enriched life. If you are an adult with a tongue tie and you want to explore removal procedures with laser treatment, contact us at the South Carolina Tongue Tie Center. Call our clinic in Charleston, SC, to schedule a tongue tie removal consultation.

Posted on behalf of South Carolina Tongue Tie Center

538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: 843-654-0459


Monday - Thursday: 8am - 5pm
Friday: 8am - 2pm

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