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Tongue tie, also called ankyloglossia, is a condition in which the lingual frenulum (the thin membrane connecting the tongue with the bottom of the mouth) is too short, tight or thick. As a result, the tongue’s mobility is limited, which can be problematic.

Tongue-tie surgery, or frenectomy, is a simple and safe procedure to release the frenulum and improve any complications. However, despite its simplicity, many rudimentary questions revolve around the process.

What Are the Signs of a Tongue Tie?

The symptoms of tongue tie vary depending on the condition’s severity. Typical signs in babies are trouble latching on while breastfeeding, not gaining enough weight and drooling excessively. Adults and older children often have difficulty speaking clearly and swallowing. In addition, their tongues look notched or heart-shaped when out.

What is Tongue Tie Surgery, and How is it Performed?

Tongue tie surgery is a simple procedure in which the frenulum is released using a scalpel, scissors or a laser. The process is typically performed under local anesthesia and takes only a few minutes. After the procedure, the patient may experience mild discomfort or inflammation, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

Who Is a Candidate for Tongue-Tie Surgery?

Anyone experiencing difficulties due to a tongue with limited mobility could be a candidate for tongue tie surgery. The procedure is safe and effective for patients of all ages, from infants to adults.

Is Tongue-Tie Tie Surgery Covered by Insurance?

Many insurance schemes cover tongue tie surgery, mainly when it is medically necessary. However, coverage may vary depending on the specific plan and the reason for the procedure. Therefore, before making an appointment for surgery, you should check with your insurance company to determine your coverage and how much you will have to pay out of pocket.

The Benefits of Undergoing Tongue-Tie Surgery

Tongue-tie surgery can have many benefits, including improved breastfeeding success for infants, improved speech and swallowing function for older children and adults and improved overall quality of life. In addition, the procedure is safe and minimally invasive, with a short recovery time.

If you or your child is experiencing signs of a tongue tie, contact the South Carolina Tongue Tie Center to schedule a consultation. We are committed to giving people with tongue ties and similar problems personalized care and practical solutions.

Posted on behalf of South Carolina Tongue Tie Center

538 Savannah Hwy
Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: 843-654-0459


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