Frenulotomy for Tongue-tie (Ankyloglossia)
Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is a congenital anomaly which may decrease movement of the tip of the tongue. It is caused by an unusually short, thick lingual frenulum, a membrane connecting the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth and is repaired by a frenulotomy. Frenulotomy is one of the many ear, nose, and throat conditions treated by the specialists at Fort Worth ENT. Surgery to repair tongue-tie usually consists of snipping the frenulum (frenotomy) or surgical revision of the frenum (frenectomy, frenulectomy, or frenuloplasty).
Symtoms of Tongue-Tie
Some of the symptoms of tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) may include:
- Difficulty breastfeeding
- Difficulty speaking and annunciating certain sounds
- Difficulty swallowing
- A protruding lower incisor
- Or a protruding lower jaw.
If your child has been born with tongue-tie, it’s important to contact your ENT specialists to discuss your options.