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Lingual Frenum and Frenectomy

The lingual frenum connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Sometimes, the lingual frenum can run all the way to the tip of the tongue, causing a person to be tongue-tied. This is shown in the photo below:

A restrictive lingual frenum is a common occurrence in young children. Normally, children are able to accommodate well to a prominent lingual frenum and can surprisingly eat and speak normally. If the attachment is extends all the way to the tip of the tongue, then a frenectomy may be the only choice to give the child normal tongue function by increasing its range of motion.

A lingual frenectomy is a simple procedure and involves numbing the tongue with an anesthetic. A small releasing incision with a laser is then made that frees the tongue from the floor of the mouth.