Do You Have a “Hidden” Tongue Tie

Do You Have a “Hidden” Tongue Tie

Do You Have a “Hidden” Tongue Tie?

Do you have a “hidden” or what dentists refer to as a posterior tongue tie? A posterior tongue tie is when the band of tissue causing the tongue tie is found toward the back of the mouth and further under the tongue. 

 

Anterior tongue ties, which are more common and easier to diagnose, are in the front of the mouth near the gumline but a posterior tongue tie is deeper in the mouth and can be hidden by mucous membranes.  This makes it harder to identify and why it has been dubbed a “hidden” tongue tie.

In fact, some cases may not be visible at all, even when the whole tongue is lifted and the entire lingual frenulum is visible.

Signs of a Hidden Tongue Tie  

If you suspect you or your child has a posterior tongue tie, set up a consultation with a dentist who specializes in tethered oral tissues like Dr. Abeyta in Albuquerque, NM.  A dentist can give you a conclusive diagnosis to ensure that you or your child gets the best treatment to correct the tongue tie.

Here is a List of Possible Symptoms:

  • Difficulty breastfeeding
  • Speech impairment
  • Excessive drooling
  • A square, heart shaped, or indented tongue shape the tongue is stuck out
  • Messy eating
  • An open bite
  • Colic
  • Over-use of the lips
  • Swallowing

How Do You Treat a Tongue Tie?

The most common treatment for a posterior or hidden tongue ties is a surgery called a lingual frenuloplasty. Dr. Abeyta’s technique for lingual frenuloplasty is based on precision; releasing the appropriate amount of tissue for maximal relief – not too much, and not too little.

Alongside surgery, Dr. Abeyta integrates myofunctional therapy, and sometimes craniosacral therapy, both before, during, and after surgery.

Addressing the compensatory muscular and joint tension through manual therapy can significantly help optimize rehabilitation in cases of tongue tie.

Come in for a consultation today! 

For more information on hidden tongue ties, call Dr. Abeyta at (505) 293-7611.  She will examine you or your child’s mouth, identify any potential issues, and provide you with a customized treatment plan to ensure that the condition is resolved safely and quickly. 

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Tongue Tie in Babies

Tongue Tie in Babies

Tongue Tie in Babies

 

Tongue tie in babies is a condition at birth that restricts the tongue’s movement.  It happens when the frenulum, a small tag of skin that attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth, is too thick or short.  Doctors and lactation consultants now recognize that having a tongue tie can seriously affect breastfeeding and other aspects of developmental growth such as speech, chewing and swallowing.

Breastfeeding and Tongue Tie

Have you ever seen a baby nurse?  They are like a little bird, widely opening their mouth, latching onto the food source, and using their tongue, in a back-and-forth motion, to extract the milk.  When the tongue is restricted, it can’t efficiently pull out the milk.  The baby will be frantically sucking with little results. 

A tongue tie in an infant will also affect the mom.  The restricted tongue doesn’t work like a normal tongue.  Instead of long extended motions, it has tiny little movements, which tend to rub on the same area causing rawness and discomfort.  This can also attribute to engorgement, mastitis and plugged milk ducts.

How Do You Fix a Tongue Tie?

A tongue tie can be treated by snipping or cutting the frenulum. This procedure is referred to as Lingual Frenuloplasty and is very fast and simple.  Don’t let the word “snipping” scare you.  Babies cry very little during the procedure and moms often notice an immediate improvement in their ability to nurse.  

What Happens if Tongue Tie Goes Untreated?

The consequences of an untreated tongue tie can be many and varied.  For growing infants, it can impact things like:

  • Inability to chew solid foods
  • Persistence of drooling
  • Delayed development of speech
  • Behavior problems
  • Dental problems starting to appear
  • Loss of self-confidence because they feel and sound ‘different’
  • Strong, incorrect habits of compensation being acquired

If your baby is having difficulty latching or staying attached to your breast and is not gaining the proper weight, consult your doctor or dentist.  They will help you figure out if your baby’s tongue-tie is the culprit and the best course for treatment.  

At Dr. Alicia Abeyta’s, they are here for you and your family in these challenging times.  Call today to schedule your appointment to find out more about infant tongue tie at (505) 293-7611.