What To Expect For Your Baby In A Tongue-Tie Procedure

Dr. Amin Samadian, a leading comprehensive and advanced dentist in the San Francisco Bay Area, is a double graduate of Tehran Azad University and the University of the Pacific, Arthur Dugoni School of Dentistry. After being a clinical dentist for 7 years and finishing extensive training, he took over a well-established dental practice in Orinda, California and expanded in San Francisco, California, and became the third generation doctor who’s serving more than 3,000 patients in the community. Within his two practices, he established a new healthcare system, that provides a comprehensive dental, medical and cosmetic model that specializes in face and mouth reconstructions and rejuvenation. 

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Sally sells sea shells by the sea shore. Now that is something we call a tongue twister. On a medical level, your tongue can actually be twisted or tied permanently. A tongue-tie is most common in a child's infant years, if you or your child is presented with this, Dr. Amin Samadian and his team can perform a frenectomy. Haute Beauty sat down with Haute Beauty expert Dr. Samadian to discuss why this procedure is ideal for the restoration of your ability to bite, chew, and speak properly, while also preventing future dental complications.

What causes a tied tongue?

A frenulum is a small tissue fold that connects one part of your mouth to the other. Your lingual frenulum connects the bottom of your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. In the case that you or your child's frenulum is abnormally thick or short, a condition such as ankyloglossia, commonly known as a tied tongue, may be present.

A tied tongue can bring on:

  • Uncomfort and pain
  • Speech difficulties
  • Receding gums
  • Tongue thrust
  • Bite misalignment
  • Other dental problems

You can also have problems with your labial frenum, which is the frenulum that joins your upper lip to the gums/jaw. Contingent upon if your labial frenum is too tight, it can induce gum recession and expand the spacing between your teeth. After a thorough exam of the whole mouth to provide an advanced diagnosis, Dr. Samadian may recommend a frenectomy to resolve these issues.

What is a frenectomy?

A frenectomy takes out or modifies a frenulum, which in turn enhances your oral health. During a lingual frenum repair, Dr. Samadian and his team remove excess tissue from the lingual frenum. The results you or your child will receive post-procedure include a freely moving tongue and being able to properly bite, eat, and speak with no issues.

What does the surgery involve?

A frenectomy is a painless treatment that can be completed in just one office visit. First, Dr. Amin Samadian and his team will inspect the mouth to determine how severe the problem is. Then, he’ll use scissors or a laser to separate a small section of the restrictive frenum.

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