Tongue Tie Treatment in Melbourne

Laser frenectomy treatment for tongue-tie in adults can restore speech and bite functionality and improve quality of life and is more affordable than traditional surgery.

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What is a tongue-tie?

Tongues with a restricted frenulum will often appear with a cleft at the tip, or present in a heart shape when the tongue is sticking out.

Tongue tie’ is a condition resulting in a restrictive or tight ‘lingual frenulum’, which is the connective tissue that connects the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Having a restricted or tight frenulum can impair the movement of the tongue, and can impact eating and speech. In infants and young children, it can impact their breast-feeding ability and social development.

There are several frenulum in the mouth that can develop such a way. Your lingual frenulum can be seen when you open your and point your tongue out and up. A person with tongue tie will have reduced mobility of the tongue and might not be able to poke their tongue out as far as others.

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The potential effects of tongue tie

Speech development

Tongue tie can often affect an individual’s speech. Some children with tongue tie can adjust their pronunciation of speech to sound relatively unimpeded, even those with a frenulum attached quite close to the tip of the tongue. However, a lot of children may not be able to compensate adequately, especially when talking quickly, where pronunciation and articulation can be impacted.

Dental health

Having a restricted movement of the tongue also prevents it from doing its job properly. Because the tongue cannot effectively sweep away food and debris or spread saliva, this can result in increased risk of cavities, gum disease, and bad breath.

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Eating and Digestion

Tongue tie can also make eating difficult. Children are not able to lick around their mouth, and some are even unable to lick their lips fully. In rare cases, a tongue tie can impact the mechanics of eating so much that it leads to digestive issues.

Social development

There is a strong link between effective communication, development, and self-esteem. A speech impediment, such as those caused by a tongue tie, can result in children having lowered self-esteem and may negatively impact on their social and overall development, and lead to frustration and distress from an inability to communicate like others.

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If left untreated, a tongue tie can result in:

  • Reduced oral hygiene
  • Weight gain due to impacted feeding or eating
  • Impacted development of correct speech, or potential failure to development pronunciation of certain speech sounds
  • Impediment of correct speech production
  • Difficulty or messy eating, inability to lick lips fully
  • Increased production of saliva
  • Inability to swallow normally, which may also create future orthodontic problems like open bite and crowded teeth.

Tongue tie treatment for adults

Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry Centre currently provides laser frenectomy services to adults. For treatment of tongue-tie in young children, we recommend speaking with a GP who will be able to refer to a children’s tongue-tie specialist.

The goals of tongue tie diagnosis and treatment is to ensure patients can achieve normal movement and motion of the tongue, allowing for effective function, as well as correct speech and eating.

The procedure involves:

  • Application of topical anaesthetic.
  • Tensioning the frenum.
  • Releasing frenulum with laser

Using dental lasers, a tongue tie can be treated without the need for general anaesthesia and blades, and provides much faster healing time. Dr King has held laser dentistry accreditation for over a decade, receiving extensive training and education, training using the Biolase and WaterLase methods.

The laser treatment process results in:

  • Laser cauterisation creates minimal bleeding.
  • Fast healing due to laser cauterisation.
  • Minimal pain and discomfort following the procedure.
  • Requires no general anaesthetic, only local anaesthetic in some instances.
  • More affordable that traditional surgery.
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23:52 01 Aug 21
I'm now smiling with feeling proud to show my teeth, after 30 years of hating how they looked. Dr King and her team have been amazing throughout the whole process - especially with the juggle of COVID lockdowns! Dr King was informative, caring and showed so much skill and attention to detail - it was impressive. My new veneers and smile look natural and fit my face and have definitely improved my smile and my confidence. From my personal experience I wouldn't hesitate recommending CLDC.
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01:43 18 Jun 21
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01:20 06 Apr 21
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09:22 01 Apr 21
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Danny F.
04:55 19 Mar 21
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Louisa R.
00:55 17 Mar 21
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Tammie H.
02:21 11 Mar 21
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Rachael D.
00:14 05 Mar 21
I saw Dr Maydelman today, it had been a long time since I attended the dentist and the team made it such a warm and welcoming space, they put my favourite music on and even provided me with a blanket. All the little details where such a nice touch. Dr Maydelman made sure to check in with me throughout the clean making sure I was doing okay. The whole experience was great and eased any nerves I had previously. I would highly recommend!
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22:04 02 Feb 21
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08:51 12 Jan 21
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01:38 23 Dec 20
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11:45 13 Dec 20
Dr King and her team did amazing work, in the past I would never smile been self conscious of my teeth, the result has been life changing, I am so happy to show my teeth and smile now, initially I researched for months trying to decide what to do, I am so pleased I visited CLDC, thank you
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06:21 02 Dec 20
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Bon B.
04:04 29 Nov 20
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03:30 27 Nov 20
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12:27 08 Nov 20
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07:20 05 Nov 20
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10:00 31 Oct 20
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09:53 31 Oct 20
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05:32 29 Oct 20
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07:36 25 Oct 20
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11:32 24 Oct 20
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11:55 22 Oct 20
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04:45 19 Oct 20
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Daniel P.
03:22 19 Oct 20
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08:47 16 Oct 20
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02:04 09 Oct 20
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12:08 03 Oct 20
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Liz L.
00:14 17 Jul 20
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08:28 16 Jul 20
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23:51 08 Jul 20
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06:17 26 Jun 20
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11:58 10 Jun 20
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00:10 15 May 20
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22:59 19 Mar 20
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23:53 27 Feb 20
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23:51 23 Feb 20
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23:56 16 Feb 20
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Sarah J.
00:02 11 Feb 20
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Loretta O.
06:51 02 Sep 19
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Cindy B.
10:24 07 Aug 19
I’m so in love with my smile now. I had no idea how limited my smile was. It’s not just about perfect teeth but you have actually changed my smile. Thrilled. Thank you so much xxxx
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Marian D.
11:52 22 Sep 18
very friendly staff, l see Nathaniel who is fabulous put you at ease. l travel from nunawading area ....they keep you smiling.
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JC E.
02:55 06 Apr 18
Dr Yvonne was caring and very professional towards my son. She explained it thoroughly in a way that a child can understand the procedure. Many thanks to Debbie and Tony for accommodating us in, in a very short notice. Staff are very good and professional!#jobwelldone#frenectomy
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Ingrid P.
23:31 29 Dec 17
Yvonne King is amazing!!! Love my new smile, got exactly what I asked for and look so natural, highly recommend, thank you so much.
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Nadine W.
03:46 01 Dec 17
These guys are amazing. Extremely Caring and go above and beyond anything you ask. They make you feel like part of the family.
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Marty M.
04:05 17 Oct 17
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Tanya Lee
Tanya L.
09:28 06 Sep 17
Had my veneers done here and couldn't recommend them more. Very professional and friendly staff. from my first visit I felt very well looked after and I'm so happy with how my veneers turned out
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Kim J.
11:15 20 Apr 17
It was a fabulous experience from start to a very beautiful smiling finish! Fabulous staff, professional & caring. Love my new smile. Highly recommend Yvonne King & her team. Thank you again.
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Andrew D.
00:42 21 Nov 15
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Gillie R.
10:30 23 Apr 15
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Tynne S.
10:06 20 Mar 15
Love my new teeth. I am so happy with the results.
Tynne Sanders
Tynne S.
10:03 20 Mar 15
I love my new teeth, the are better than I expected. Thank you.
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Maria P.
01:48 23 Sep 14
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Sean S.
11:36 23 Oct 13
I have allot of professional details with Dr King and I am amazed by both her knowledge and clinical skills.