While most babies are born with a piece of tissue, or frenulum, under the tongue and upper lip, it can sometimes be too restrictive and cause problems with breastfeeding, breathing, and speech development. This is commonly referred to as tongue tie or lip tie and may need treatment with a frenectomy if it’s interfering with the child’s oral functions.
What is Tongue Tie?
What is Lip Tie?
Similarly, a lip tie is an excessive attachment of the upper lip to the gums. This piece of connective tissue is called a maxillary labial frenulum and, again, it’s common to have one. But when that connection is too tight, the baby’s lip is restricted. Sometimes special stretching can benefit the frenulum and problems improve. An experienced medical professional will be able to diagnose a lip tie that needs more intervention.
Long-Term Lip and Tongue Tie Issues
If you have been told or your suspect that your child could have a tongue tie or lip tie, a trained medical professional can diagnose the issue and recommend the best treatment. Dr. Asha Patel is a member of the International Affiliation of Tongue-Tie Professionals and has received special training and certification in diagnosing and treating symptomatic tongue and lip ties. Schedule an appointment for a consultation now.