Face, Neck and Throat
Spokane Valley ENT offers the diagnosis and treatment of tongue-tie.
Ankyloglossia in an adolescent.
Courtesy Klaus D. Peter, Wiehl, Germany
Approximately 4 to 10 percent of babies are born with tongue-tie (ankyloglossia), an abnormality in which the strong strip of tissue under the tongue, called the frenulum, is too short and tightly tethers the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. The condition can restrict movement of the tongue, which can interfere with breastfeeding, lead to speech disorders and cause other problems.
Spokane Valley ENT offers diagnosis and treatment for infants and older children with tongue-tie. Depending on its severity, tongue-tie may be corrected with a simple surgical procedure called a frenulectomy, in which the restrictive strip of tissue under the tongue is removed.