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Tongue tie is a commonly misunderstood condition. These misunderstandings generate unwarranted fear and confusion that may prevent many parents and adults from getting treatment. The South Carolina Tongue Tie Center in Charleston offers a quick, non-invasive laser release procedure that is great for infants, children and adults.

Learn more about tongue and lip ties from these commonly asked questions.

Most Common Questions About Lip and Tongue Tie

What is a tongue tie?

A tongue tie, medically known as ankyloglossia, is a condition caused by a short, tight, or thick lingual frenulum. The lingual frenulum is a thin band that connects the tongue’s bottom with the mouth. When the frenulum is too short, it restricts the tongue’s movement and causes several complications, including difficulty speaking, swallowing and breastfeeding.

What is a lip tie?

Lip-tie is a medical condition where the upper lip of an individual is connected to the gums. This condition can affect infants and children, causing problems in nursing and tooth growth. Thick or stiff lip-tie can also lead to other symptoms that can have an impact on an individual’s overall health.

What does tongue tie surgery do?

Frenectomy, commonly known as tongue-tie surgery, is a simple and safe procedure that aims to release the frenulum and alleviate the complications associated with tongue-tie. However, despite its simplicity, many rudimentary questions revolve around the process.

Is tongue tie surgery painful?

Laser tongue tie release at The South Carolina Tongue Tie Center is virtually painless. Most infants sleep through the procedure and children and adults tolerate it easily. Your practitioner will explain more about the procedure and how to prevent discomfort during the procedure.

What are the symptoms of tongue tie?

The symptoms of tongue tie vary depending on the condition’s severity. In babies, typical signs include trouble latching on while breastfeeding, not gaining enough weight, excessive drooling and a tongue that appears heart-shaped or notched when out. Adults and older children often have difficulty speaking clearly and swallowing due to tongue tie.

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. However, before making an appointment for surgery, it’s essential to check with your insurance company to determine your coverage and how much you will have to pay out of pocket.

What are the benefits of 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 an overall improved quality of life. In addition, the procedure is safe and minimally invasive, with a short recovery time.

Tongue Tie Surgery Specialists in Charleston

If you or your child is experiencing signs of a tongue tie, don’t hesitate to contact the South Carolina Tongue Tie Center to schedule a consultation. Our team is committed to providing personalized care and practical solutions to people with tongue-ties and similar problems.

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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    The staff is always friendly & Dr McPherson does a great job every time!

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