Tongue Tied ?

Tongue ties (ankyloglossia ) are caused by an unusually short, thick lingual frenum, a membrane connecting the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth .  Tongue ties  can vary in  severity from mild cases  to complete ankyloglossia where the tongue is fully attached  to the floor of the mouth . Tongue ties can keep the tongue from being able to move freely .  Tongue ties can affect speech , eating, head posture and even growth and development of the upper and lower jaws .  In infants , tongue and lip ties can affect latching and cause pain to the mother , poor nourishment to the infant , reflux, colic  and even failure to thrive issues.  Growth and development issues affect the development of the airway and can result in snoring, sleep apnea and reflux . Treating a tongue tie is easily performed with our gentle Fotona Lightwalker laser.  Dr.Shiffman has been performing laser frenectomies for 16 years . The success rate is very high with adequate aftercare and there is minimal discomfort.  We have treated new born infants as well as children and adults . Nursing mothers immediately notice reduction in pain and increase in success in their breast feeding / latch . Many adults have noted the immediate relief of tightness , increased tongue , head and neck mobility and more . Tongue tie release can lead to improved speech, reduction in snoring and or sleep apnea , fewer headaches  and much more . Results may vary depending on the cause of the problems . Therapy with oral myofunctional therapists , lactation specialists and chiropractic / massage therapy will help improve the results . We are a full service dental practice , convenient to Boca Raton, Delray Beach , Boynton Beach , Lake Worth and Wellington

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