Tongue Tie Specialist

Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Dentists located in Denton, TX

Between 4-11% of all newborns have a small structural issue in their mouth that can have big consequences for their oral health, nutrition, and speech. At Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Patrick Ruehle, DDS provides quick and easy solutions to release a tongue-tie in infants, children, and even adults in Denton, Corinth, Argyle, Robson Ranch, Bartonville, Lantana, Lake Dallas, Shady Shores, Highland Village, Justin, Ponder, Sanger and Krum, Texas. To learn more about tongue-tie and how it affects you or your child, call the Denton, Texas, office of Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today at 940-566-4888.

Tongue Tie

What is tongue-tie?

Tongue-tie is a condition that you or your child is born with, and it restricts your tongue’s movement. If you have it, a band of tissue connects the bottom and tip of your tongue to your mouth’s floor in a manner that is too restrictive for proper function. 

Tongue-tie is more common in boys than in girls, but it tends to run in families and can affect anyone. Thankfully, with today’s modern technology like the Waterlase laser, it is easily fixed with a simple procedure from Dr. Ruehle.

How does tongue-tie affect me or my child?

A severe case of tongue-tie is a big obstacle in your child’s development and needs to be corrected. With no intervention, tongue-tie can cause:

  • Trouble eating
  • Speech impediments
  • Inability to stick your tongue out
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Improper growth and development of the mouth and jaws
  • Late and inadequate cranial nerve development
  • Sleep disorders

New research is showing connections between tongue-ties and enlarged tonsils and adenoids, repetitive ear infections, dental issues (orthodontic problems), neck pain, and headaches.

Tongue-tie can also make it hard for you to sweep food out of your mouth with your tongue, causing oral hygiene issues over time. Infants with severe cases of tongue-tie can have trouble latching on to breastfeed or suck on a bottle, which can lead to nutritional problems and inadequate weight gain. 

Should I seek treatment for tongue-tie?

You should book a visit at Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry if your child:

  • Has trouble sucking or breastfeeding
  • Is referred by a speech pathologist
  • Is having a hard time making certain sounds or verbalizing specific letters
  • Has a hard time eating some foods or choking because they have a hard time swallowing
  • Complains about their tongue-tie symptoms

How is tongue-tie resolved?

Correcting you or your child’s case of tongue-tie is quick and pain-free. Using the Waterlase® laser and topical gel anesthetic, Dr. Ruehle at Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry releases the tissue attachment that holds your tongue to your mouth’s floor. 

For most patients, a topical is applied to the tissue to numb it. Then, the laser numbs the area and cauterizes the tissue as it cuts so as to avoid bleeding and stitches. There are no shots and no stitches. The patient can go right back to play, school, or work immediately. Avoid eating anything acidic for 24 hours. Seeing a speech therapist afterward is a good idea if the patient has had speech difficulties. The team at Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has several they can recommend if you are not already seeing one.

If you have concerns about tongue-tie in yourself or your child, call Garden Oaks Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today.