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A tongue tie, medically known as ankyloglossia, is a condition in which the tissue connecting the tongue to the floor of the mouth is unusually tight or thick, restricting the tongue’s movement. This condition can lead to various issues, including difficulty breastfeeding, eating, and speaking. In infants and toddlers, tongue tie release, also known as frenotomy or frenectomy, can prevent speech impediments and promote proper oral function. At the South Carolina Tongue Tie Center, advanced techniques such as laser tongue tie release are offered to address this condition and support healthy development in young children.

How Tongue Ties Impact Speech Development

Speech development is a complex process that relies on the coordination of various oral structures, including the tongue, lips, and palate. When a child has a tongue tie, the restricted movement of the tongue can interfere with the proper articulation and pronunciation of sounds, leading to speech impediments. Additionally, tongue ties can affect the ability to move the tongue freely within the mouth, impacting chewing, swallowing and oral hygiene.

Laser Tongue Tie Release

Laser tongue tie release is a minimally invasive procedure that involves using a laser to precisely and safely sever the tight or thick tissue causing the restriction. Unlike traditional methods that may involve scissors or scalpels, laser frenectomy offers several advantages, including minimal bleeding, reduced risk of infection and faster healing. The laser energy precisely targets the affected tissue while minimizing damage to surrounding structures, resulting in improved outcomes and shorter recovery times.

Preventing Speech Impediments Early

By releasing the tongue tie early in infancy or toddlerhood, speech impediments can be prevented, allowing the child to develop clear and fluent speech. The procedure is typically performed in-office under local anesthesia, and most children can resume normal activities shortly afterward. Following the procedure, speech therapy may be recommended to help the child strengthen oral muscles and improve speech articulation further.

In addition to addressing speech impediments, tongue tie release can also benefit breastfeeding infants. A tight or restrictive tongue tie can interfere with the baby’s ability to latch onto the breast properly, leading to breastfeeding difficulties for both the infant and the mother. By releasing the tongue tie, breastfeeding can become more comfortable and efficient, promoting better milk transfer and reducing the risk of complications such as nipple pain and mastitis.

At the South Carolina Tongue Tie Center, our doctors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of tongue ties in infants and toddlers. Our medical team utilizes advanced techniques and state-of-the-art technology, including laser tongue tie release, to provide safe and effective care for young patients. With a focus on patient comfort and personalized treatment plans, the South Carolina Tongue Tie Center offers comprehensive support for families dealing with tongue tie-related issues, including speech impediments, feeding difficulties and oral function concerns. Contact our clinic today if you are concerned about your infant or toddler with a tongue tie that is impacting normal oral function.

In conclusion, tongue tie release, including laser frenectomy, can play a crucial role in preventing speech impediments and promoting healthy development in infants and toddlers. By addressing the underlying restriction of the tongue, this minimally invasive procedure allows children to achieve clear and fluent speech, as well as improved feeding and oral function. With the expertise and compassionate care provided at the South Carolina Tongue Tie Center, families can find support and guidance in managing tongue tie-related concerns and ensuring optimal outcomes for their children’s oral health and development.

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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