Reviewed by Dr. Kerri Font, DDS

So far in our lip and tongue tie series, we have answered these questions:

In our final blog of the series, we will address 10 myths about lip and tongue ties and provide accurate information to help you make informed decisions for yourself or your child.

Myth #1: Lip and tongue ties are rare

Truth: Lip and tongue ties are more common than you think, especially in infants.

According to recent studies, approximately 3.5-5% of newborns have a tongue tie. These numbers may actually be higher, as many cases go undiagnosed.

Myth #2: Lip and tongue ties only affect infants

Truth: While lip and tongue ties are commonly diagnosed in infants, they can also affect children and adults. Many individuals may not realize they have a lip or tongue tie until later in life when it starts causing issues with oral function, speech, or other complications.

Truth: A tight frenum can restrict the range of motion necessary for a proper latch during breastfeeding. This can lead to issues such as poor weight gain in infants and discomfort for both the baby and mother. Correcting a lip or tongue tie can greatly improve the breastfeeding experience for both parties.

Myth #4: A frenectomy is a painful procedure

Truth: While any medical procedure comes with some level of discomfort, a frenectomy is typically not painful. A numbing agent is used to minimize any pain during the procedure, and over-the-counter medication can help manage any post-procedure discomfort.

Myth #5: A Frenectomy is not necessary for lip and tongue ties

Truth: While some individuals may be able to live with a lip or tongue tie without experiencing any issues, for many people, it can cause significant difficulties with oral function, speech, and overall comfort. A frenectomy is a safe and effective way to address these concerns and improve overall oral health.

Myth #6: The frenum will grow back after a frenectomy

Truth: In rare cases, there may be some reattachment of the frenum tissue after a frenectomy. However, this can be minimized with proper aftercare and follow-up visits to your specialist. Your specialist will give you stretches and exercises to do after the procedure, which can help prevent reattachment.

Myth #7: A frenectomy will cause speech problems

Truth: It is a common misconception that a frenectomy will cause speech issues. In fact, for many individuals, correcting a lip or tongue tie improves their speech articulation and pronunciation.

Myth #8: All lip and tongue ties need to be corrected

Truth: A frenectomy is not always necessary, especially if the lip or tongue tie is not causing any issues. Your specialist will evaluate your individual situation and determine if a frenectomy is the best course of action.

Myth #9: Lip and tongue ties will go away on their own

Truth: Unfortunately, lip and tongue ties will not go away on their own. In fact, they can become more pronounced as an individual grows older and the frenum tissue continues to tighten.

Myth #10: A lip or tongue tie can be ‘stretched’ or ‘clipped’ without a frenectomy procedure

Truth: While some healthcare providers may offer alternatives such as stretching or clipping the frenum without a full frenectomy, these methods are not always effective and can actually cause more harm than good. A proper frenectomy procedure is the safest and most effective way to address lip and tongue ties.

Highlands Ranch Periodontics – Frenectomy Specialists

We hope our blog series on lip and tongue ties has provided valuable information for anyone considering a frenectomy procedure.

At Highlands Ranch Periodontics & Implant Center, we specialize in frenectomies for infants, children, and adults. Our experienced periodontists, Dr. Kerri Font, DDS, and Dr. Mike Norouzinia, DDS, are dedicated to providing safe and effective treatment, personalized for each patient.

If you or your child are experiencing difficulties related to a lip or tongue tie, contact us today to schedule a consultation and see if a frenectomy is the right option for you. Contact us today at (303) 683-1144 or complete the online inquiry form to schedule an appointment.

If you are searching for a ‘tongue tie specialist near me’ or a ‘frenectomy near me,’ trust Highlands Ranch Periodontics & Implant Center.

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