Chicago Tongue-Tie Center Blog

Frenectomy or Frenotomy: Which One Will Help with Your Baby’s Lip or Tongue-Tie?

February 16, 2023

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mom struggling to nurse because of a tongue-tie

It should be simple, right? Your baby should latch on and suck milk out of your breast, but it’s not turning out that way. Whether you’ve met with a lactation consultant or not, you learn about the possibility of a lip or tongue-tie which could be preventing you and your baby from successfully nursing.

If your baby does have a lip or tongue-tie, you’re far from being alone. Fortunately, there are minor procedures, called frenectomies and frenotomies, that can help your baby latch on properly and make the nursing experience better for both of you. In this post, you’ll learn more about lip and tongue-ties and these treatments to correct the problem.


Traditional Frenectomies vs. Laser Frenectomies

November 16, 2022

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hand holding surgical scissors showing that laser frenectomies are better

When looking for a practice to take care of a tongue-tie, there are certain criteria they should meet. For instance, check if they have a soft tissue laser. Although some practices still use the traditional method of resolving a tongue-tie, laser frenectomies are far superior!

Regardless of the type of frenectomy performed, the main goal is to sever the connective tissue that is restricting the tongue. So what makes one of these procedures so much better than the other? Essentially, they differ in how they are carried out and the results afterward. Keep reading to learn more about these methods and to learn why laser frenectomies can best help you or your child.


Should Adults Get Tongue-Tie Treatment?

October 17, 2022

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an adult with a tongue tie covering their mouth

When you think of a tongue-tie, you may associate it with a newborn baby who can’t nurse, but did you know that adults can have one too? According to some estimates, around 25 percent of infants have a restrictive tongue-tie. However, due to several reasons, some babies with tongue-ties seem to fly under the radar. Those who go undiagnosed continue to have their tongue-ties into adulthood, but can a tongue-tie really be bad for fully grown patients? Is it too late to treat a tongue-tie in an adult? Read on to find out more valuable information.


How Long Does a Frenectomy Recovery Take?

September 15, 2022

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a parent holding a laughing child while sitting on a couch

Has your little one just been diagnosed with a lip or tongue-tie and needs a frenectomy? If so, there’s no need to let your parental worry kick-in just yet. In fact, thanks to modern technology, treating this issue is more pain-free, streamlined, and simple than ever. Many children and infants are able to make a quick recovery, all while enjoying full function of their smile thanks to the successful procedure. Read on to learn more about what recovery from a frenectomy will look like for your little one.


Do Tongue-Ties Affect What Children Eat?

August 18, 2022

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an infant being fed a spoonful of food

Tongue-ties are being diagnosed and treated more frequently thanks to parents who are learning the signs to spot them on social media and from internet searches. While many people are aware that this condition can cause excessive drooling and poor weight gain, some don’t know of the more nuanced flags that a child has a tongue-tie, like what types of foods they may or may not gravitate towards eating. Read on to learn how a tongue-tie may be affecting what foods your little one eats.


What is Recovery Like After a Frenectomy?

July 19, 2022

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woman with happy baby

Does your child have a tongue-tie? Are you concerned that it is causing issues with their ability to eat, breathe, or even speak? Problems associated with a lack of oral function typically occur during infancy but can develop as you get older. Learning you require a frenectomy can be a bit alarming if you don’t know what to expect or how long recovery will take. Read on to discover what kind of timeframe you or your child will need after undergoing this type of procedure.


Before, During, and After: What to Expect for Tongue-Tie Treatment

June 14, 2022

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baby crying and needing tongue-tie treatment

You don’t get it. You’ve worked with a lactation consultant, and you’re doing everything right. Yet your baby can’t seem to breastfeed properly, your nipples hurt, and you both are getting frustrated. When you’re told that they may have a tongue-tie that needs to be resolved, you feel a little nervous about subjecting your tiny newborn to treatment. Here’s a step-by-step guide for what to expect before, during, and after tongue-tie treatment to put your fears to rest.


Why Tongue Ties Seem More Common Now

March 10, 2022

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closeup of a baby’s tongue

As a new parent, you’re excited to share a special bond with your little one, especially because you plan on breastfeeding. While some blog posts or well-meaning friends say it’s the most natural thing in the world, you seem to struggle. The baby doesn’t latch on properly, and your nipples hurt. You don’t know what to do, frustrating you both.

Before you switch permanently to bottles, consider this: your problem may not be your technique—your baby could have a tongue tie impairing your ability to nurse.


4 Signs Your Child Could Need a Frenectomy

January 14, 2022

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mom watching over her sleeping newborn with a lip or tongue tie

You’ve done everything the lactation specialist said you should do, and your newborn baby is still not latching properly. As a parent, you naturally start to worry that you’re making a mistake somehow.

Stop! It may not be something you’re doing at all. It could be an issue with your baby’s mouth.

Most people have a small amount of tissue connecting the lips and tongue to the rest of the oral cavity. However, for some people, predominantly children and infants, this connective tissue (which is called a frenulum) is extra thick or short, restricting movement. But you’re not a pediatric dentist! How can you tell whether your child has this problem? Here are some symptoms to look for that could indicate a lip or tongue tie.