Teeth R Us Children’s Dentistry

Tongue Tie Plano, Frisco, & The Colony

What is tongue tie, and how do we fix it?

We use frenectomies to correct tongue-tie, a congenital condition in which the frenulum is short, thick, or tight. The lingual frenulum is the membrane that connects the center of the upper or lower lips to the corresponding gums, and the labial frenulum is a membrane that connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Learn more from our educational video below.

Does my baby have tongue-tie?

A child that has tongue-tie experiences restricted tongue movement. The best way to determine if your baby has tongue-tie is to come in for an evaluation by our pediatric dentist, Dr. Smith. In the meantime, look for the following signs during breastfeeding and otherwise:

  • Clicking sounds, indicating poor attachment
  • Inability to maintain adequate suction Low weight gain over time, meaning poor eating
  • Difficulty moving tongue from one side to the other
  • Inability to touch the upper gums or roof of mouth with tongue
  • Tongue does not stick out past the gums
  • V or heart shape at the tip of tongue.

What are the potential risks of not correcting a tongue tie?

Risks of Not Fixing a Tongue Tie Include:

  • Difficulty breastfeeding, which can lead to weight loss
  • Increased speech difficulties
  • Increase risk of tooth decay

What is tongue-tie surgery?

At Teeth R’ US, tongue-tie surgery, also known as a frenectomy, is a 15-minute laser treatment
that releases the frenulum and frees the tongue to have full and proper movement.

Before Frenectomy

Tounge Tied child at Teeth R Us in Plano, Tx

After Frenectomy

Tounge Tied child at Teeth R Us in Plano, Tx

Why choose Teeth R' Us?

Our Pediatric dentist, Dr. Smith, is a Solea Laser Trained Dentist, with specialty training in soft tissue and tongue-tie release.

What are the advantages of having tongue-tie surgery at Teeth R' Us?

Since we use laser rather than a scalpel to treat tongue-tie, the benefits are as follows:

  •  Little to no post-op discomfort
  •  Reduced bleeding
  •  Minimal need for stitches
  •  Quick recovery

What causes tongue-tie?

Tongue-tie is a congenital condition. This means it is present at birth.

Is tongue-tie surgery painful?

No. We administer general anesthesia before getting started so that your child is comfortable and feels nothing.

Can tongue-tie go away on its own?

Tongue-tie does not go away without treatment. Surgery is the only way to release tongue-tie.

Can a baby with tongue-tie stick their tongue out?

No. If your baby can stick their tongue out past their gums, they do not have tongue-tie.