Dr. Justin Warcup of North Texas Smiles has spent many years gaining advanced knowledge and hands-on experience with treating tongue-tie in Fort Worth, Texas. Because of this, our dentist understands that there are several different types of tongue-tie that an infant can have, including the less-familiar posterior tongue-tie. When you visit our practice, we can diagnose your child’s condition and recommend proper treatment to restore your child’s oral and overall health. Contact us today at 817-732-9341 for more information, and to schedule your appointment.
When most people hear the phrase “tongue-tie”, they think of the common condition of anterior tongue-tie, which is when the tongue is anchored to the bottom of the mouth; however, every anterior tongue-tie has a posterior tongue-tie behind it. Posterior tongue-tie is identified as having a shorter frenulum towards the tip of the tongue, resulting in limited tongue mobility. Because posterior tongue-tie results in limited movement, babies often find it difficult to suck properly while breastfeeding.
In addition to nursing problems, posterior tongue-tie can lead to several other issues, including:
• Speech problems: pronouncing certain sounds, such as t, d, l, n, and r, can be difficult. This can lead to pronunciation problems and require speech therapy.
• Difficulty maintaining oral health: full tongue movement helps keep the teeth clean as the tongue rubs along the dental surfaces. When the tongue is limited in movement, teeth can become more susceptible to decay.
• Clicking: babies with a shortened frenulum often make clicking sounds; this is a result of their inability to properly maintain a grip while sucking.
• Lower self-esteem: children who have an untreated tongue-tie can find it difficult to speak or clean their teeth properly, or even lick an ice cream cone. This can cause them to feel different and self-conscious about their condition.
• Low nutrients or lack of weight gain: infants who have difficulty breastfeeding due to a posterior tongue-tie can find it difficult to get the proper amount of food. This can lead to a lack of complete nutrients and slower weight gain.
Although posterior tongue-tie can lead to several issues, it is treatable. If your child has tongue-tie, our dentist can evaluate their condition and provide proper treatment, thus helping your child avoid many problems in the future. To learn more about posterior tongue-ties and their treatments, we welcome you to call or visit us today.