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Frenectomies in Columbus, IN
When you stretch your tongue to the roof of your mouth, you’ll notice a chord-like string of tissue connecting from the floor of your mouth to the bottom of your tongue—that is called a frenulum. It stabilizes your tongue to keep it from being hypermobile and helps make tasks like eating and speaking easier. For some people, this connective tissue is either too large or too short to give the tongue normal mobility. When that’s the case, our skilled team can perform a frenuloplasty to improve your tongue’s functionality.
What Is Functional Frenuloplasty?
This is a minor surgical procedure performed to remove or loosen enlarged, tight, or improperly positioned frenulums. Frenulum complications can cause a myriad of health issues from tongue-tie to breathing problems to chewing difficulty to speech impediments, and more. Frenuloplasty is a relatively simple procedure that can provide patients with long-term relief that positively contributes to their overall health.
Dr. Sitaram received extensive training in Functional Frenuloplasty with Dr. Saroush Zaghi of the Breathe Institute at UCLA School of Medicine
Tongue-Tie in Newborns
Tongue-tie is actually a fairly common condition in newborns. Some of the main concerns with tongue-tie, is that it can cause future speech problems and can also cause feeding difficulties in newborns. With tongue-tie, babies struggle to properly latch during breastfeeding which can lead to low weight gain and constant fussiness. Most babies with tongue-tie grow out of it as the frenulum recedes during their first year of life. However, it’s always a good idea to check with your healthcare provider to see if the issue needs to be treated right away.