Reviewed by Dr. Jason Fluckiger, DMD

In our series on tongue and lip ties, we’ve explored the importance of early diagnosis, non-invasive treatment options, and post-frenectomy care and exercises.

Now, in our final blog of the series, we will debunk common misconceptions about these conditions. Our goal is to give you the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about oral health.

Let’s clear up some common misconceptions about tongue and lip ties:

Myth 1: Tongue and lip ties always require surgery

Fact: While some cases of tongue and lip tie may require a frenectomy for improved oral function, not all ties are severe enough to require surgery. A thorough evaluation by a skilled oral surgeon is necessary to determine the appropriate course of action.

Myth 2: Frenectomies are purely cosmetic

Fact: Frenectomies are not cosmetic procedures; they are performed to correct functional issues. A restricted tongue or lip can impact feeding, speech development, and dental health. Addressing these ties can prevent long-term complications.

Myth 3: Tongue and Lip Ties Do Not Affect Speech

Fact: A significant tongue or lip tie can indeed affect speech articulation, particularly certain sounds that require specific tongue or lip movements. It can limit the ability to produce sounds like “Th,” “R,” or “S,” which is why speech therapy may be recommended post-frenectomy.

Myth 4: Only Infants Suffer from Tongue and Lip Ties

Fact: While tongue and lip ties are often identified and treated in infancy, they can also affect older children and adults. Untreated ties can persist and continue to cause problems later in life.

Myth 5: Recovery from a Frenectomy is Long and Painful

Fact: Recovery time following a frenectomy is typically short, and discomfort can be minimized with proper aftercare. Most patients experience significant improvement in oral function shortly after the procedure.

By understanding the facts and dispelling common myths, patients can make informed decisions about their oral health and seek appropriate treatment when necessary. 

Key Takeaways From Our Tongue and Lip Tie Series

As we wrap up our blog series, let’s review some key points about tongue and lip ties.

  • A tongue tie is a condition where the frenulum, which attaches the tongue to the bottom of the mouth, is too tight or restrictive.
  • A lip tie is a condition where the frenulum, which attaches the upper lip to the gums, is too thick or tight.
  • Tongue and lip ties can affect individuals of all ages, not just infants.
  • Tongue and lip ties can cause issues with breastfeeding, speech development, oral hygiene, and overall oral function.
  • Not all tongue and lip ties require surgery; a thorough evaluation by an oral surgeon is necessary to determine the best course of action.
  • Frenectomies are a minimally invasive procedure which can provide significant improvements in oral function and overall quality of life.
  • Recovery from a frenectomy is typically short and manageable with over-the-counter pain medications, and proper aftercare which includes regular follow-up appointments and recommended exercises.
  • Speech therapy may be recommended post-frenectomy for individuals with a history of speech impediments or difficulty producing certain sounds.

We hope you enjoyed our series on tongue and lip ties and found it informative and helpful.  Stay tuned for more informative blogs from AZ Max on various oral and facial health topics!

AZ Max Oral Surgeons: Expert Care, Compassionate Service

At AZ Max Oral Surgeons, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality of care and support. Our team of experienced oral surgeons has extensive knowledge and expertise in a wide range of dental procedures and conditions, including tongue and lip ties. We strive to educate our patients about their oral health and provide them with personalized treatment plans that cater to their unique needs and concerns.

If you or your child are experiencing symptoms of a tongue or lip tie, don’t hesitate to contact us for an evaluation and personalized treatment options. Book an appointment at one of our 5 convenient locations today, and let us help you achieve optimal oral health and function. Remember, with AZ Max, you’re in good hands.

Other blogs in this series

Tongue and Lip Tie: Symptoms and Treatment

The Impact of Tongue and Lip Ties on Speech and Eating Habits

Healing and Rehab Post-Frenectomy: Exercises and Tips