Tongue and Lip Tie Release

Knoxville and Maryville, TN

Crestview Dental Care provides comprehensive pediatric and family dental services, including diagnosis and treatment of tethered oral tissue. Up to 10% of children are born with a significant amount of tongue and/or lip restriction often called tethered oral tissue (TOT). Left untreated this restriction disrupts development of speech, breastfeeding and skeletal development. Crestview Dental Care has rapidly become the “go to” for mothers of infants with tongue and lip restrictions as well as children and adults that have been left untreated.

What is a tongue-tie?

Clinically referred to as ankyloglossia, refers to an unusually short, thick or tight band of tissue tethering the bottom of the tongue’s tip or to the sides of the tongue towards the back teeth.

What is a lip-tie?

Otherwise known as an upper labial tie, a lip-tie attaches from the upper lip to the gums along the upper front teeth. A lip-tie restricts movement of the upper lip and can easily leave a strong gap between the front teeth.

The Impact on Infants:

  • Reflux
  • Colic
  • Frequent feedings usually within 2 hours
  • Very shallow latching on bottle or breast
  • Crying or gagging while feeding
  • Loud feeding
  • Gassy
  • Callous on lip

Impact on New Mom’s:

  • Nipple damage, pain or mastitis while breastfeeding
  • Breast still full at end of feeding
  • Lack of sleep due to baby irritable
  • Milk supply depletion

Impact on Children:

  • Gap between the front teeth
  • Mouth breathing
  • Oral and speech development (difficulty making certain sounds)
  • Difficulty swallowing solid food
  • Strong gag reflex
  • Limited tongue movement abilities (can’t open mouth well and touch tongue to roof of mouth)

Impact on Adults: 

  • Restricted or obstructive sleep disorder
  • Jaw development issues, which leads to crowded, crooked, misaligned dental arches
  • Mouth breathing
  • Speech impediments
  • Stomach issues (due to poor chewing and swallowing of solid foods)
  • Facial development (long narrow faces)

Tongue and Lip Tie effects

Tethered oral tissue can affect anyone of any age. It is most important to have your child evaluated for TOTs, the earlier in the life the better. However, even adults who have lived years with these negative oral habits can seek treatment from us at Crestview Dental Care. We can release tethered oral tissue by using a precise dental laser that cauterizes as it removes the unwanted tissue.

After treatment, a course of myofunctional therapy is usually prescribed. These oral and facial exercises help to retrain muscles on how to function properly when breathing, and swallowing, as well as when the mouth is at rest.

Myofunctional Therapy in Maryville

Crestview Dental Care is experienced and qualified in both the diagnosis and treatment of tongue and lip ties, using local anesthesia and a laser to remove the tether in a safe and simple procedure completed in our office. From newborn to adults, this service is important to your overall care and development.

Do you think your infant or child or you may suffer from a lip or tongue-tie?  If so, contact Crestview Dental Care today at (865) 268-8781 to schedule an initial consultation. Crestview Dental Care is here to serve patients in the Knoxville and Maryville, Tennessee areas.