What is lip and tongue tie, and how can it be resolved with a dentist?

If you or one of your children have been diagnosed with lip tie or tongue tie and you live in the Bendigo, Victoria area, we welcome you to call Clarity Dental to understand more about this condition and what can be done to treat it.

What is lip and tongue tie, and how can a dentist help?

Lip and tongue ties are common conditions affecting people of all ages. They occur when the frenulum, the small piece of tissue connecting the lip or tongue to the gum line, is too tight or restricting movement. This condition can result in and cause a range of issues, from difficulty in breastfeeding for infants to speech and dental problems for older children and adults.

Fortunately, our dentists at Clarity Dental in Bendigo, Victoria, are specially trained to identify and treat lip and tongue ties. They can offer various options for treatment, depending on the severity of the condition and the age of the patient:

  • Children. Dentists may recommend a combination of frenectomy and myofunctional therapy for children with lip or tongue ties. Myofunctional treatment involves exercises that help strengthen the muscles in the mouth and promote proper oral function. This assists with common concerns, including speech issues, breathing problems, and teeth alignment caused by the lip or tongue tie.
  • Adults. Dentists may recommend a more comprehensive overall treatment plan for adults with lip or tongue ties, including frenectomy, myofunctional therapy, and orthodontic treatment if necessary. This can help address long-term issues such as difficulty speaking and eating properly, jaw pain, and even sleep apnea.

Do I or a loved one need treatment for lip or tongue tie?

If you are looking to address a tongue or lip tie concern with a dentist who can treat it effectively, we invite you to call Clarity Dental at (03) 5910 1001 to request a consultation visit and initial evaluation with Drs. Rebecca Easaw, Conny Qian, and Christina Shue. Our Bendigo, VIC area office is located at 12 High Street and is open to new patients.